Ask First, ACTA Later (Michael Geist)

The Australian government has launched a public consultation on its possible involvement in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations. Unlike the Canadian government, which jumped at the chance to join the U.S. in the negotiations with no advance warning and no public discussion, the Australians are taking the time to ask the public whether it thinks the country should participate in the negotiations, whether change is needed, and, if they participate, what should be avoided. The consultation includes a background document (which interestingly makes no mention of Canadas participation) that provides far more information on the process than the Canadian government has told its own citizens.

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