The Demand for Transparency on Trade Negotiation: What the public needs to know about the TPP

By Patrice McDermott & Jesse Franzblau*

 

The President’s pledge issued on his first day of office to usher in a “new era of openness” stands in stark contrast to his Administration’s secretive approach to trade negotiations. Most alarmingly, the public has been denied critically important information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations while representatives from over 500 business interests have had direct access to the texts and the ability to influence the agreement.

 

RSVP for September 9 Open Government Town Hall – Foreign Aid and Security Assistance Transparency

This September’s Town Hall will feature dynamic speakers who will engage in a lively discussion about government and civil society initiatives underway to make available information on foreign aid and security assistance, and impediments that remain for the public to access such information. The speakers have years of experience engaging in efforts to improve public access to information on U.S. security and development aid.

OTG's Remarks at Open Government Public Meeting

On July 30th, the White House hosted a public meeting on open government. The meeting was intended to inform the administration's next National Action Plan (NAP) for open government. The Plan will be published in late October 2015.

OTG presented a selection of commitments from the Civil Society Model Plan. Watch our presentation and see the text of our statement below. The full program is available here.

OpenTheGovernment.org Joins the Day of Action Opposing Cybersecurity Bill

Congress Should Not Use Cybersecurity Legislation as a Pretext to Weaken FOIA

As the U.S. Senate prepares to take up the Cybersecurity Information Sharing (“CISA”) Act, S. 754, open government organizations, privacy and civil liberties defenders, security experts, and tech companies are mobilizing to voice opposition to the bill.