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Wednesday, March 30 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Shining a Light on Trade Agreements and Closed-Door Digital Policymaking

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As Internet­-related policy questions are increasingly being decided through trade negotiations, there exists a deep tension between the historical secrecy of negotiating trade agreements and the expectation that global Internet policy issues ought to be be discussed through open multi-stakeholder processes. Most controversially, the lack of transparency and exclusion of civil society from trade negotiations have led to human rights considerations being left by the wayside.

This panel will explore this tension as we outline the trade process and highlight some of the specific digital policy issues that appear in modern trade deals. We will present ideas and strategies on ways to improve transparency in the this policymaking space, and invite the audience to contribute their ideas on opportunities to implement concrete and actionable strategies for institutional change.

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Burcu Kilic

Legal and Policy Director, Public Citizen
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Maira Sutton

Global Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Maira leads international campaigns on copyright, innovation, and access to knowledge issues, including opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. She also tracks how the overreach of copyright can be used to hinder access to knowledge and silence criticism and news online.

Wednesday March 30, 2016 10:30am - 11:45am
The Fireside

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