January 29 — Consumer advocates gathered in Brussels this week for annual meetings of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue and Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference. I have since traveled to Berlin, to brief parliamentarians, civil society organizations and journalists on developments in the trans-Atlantic trade negotiations.
At Public Citizen we are expanding our work to advance the open knowledge economy; a vision of the commons to support open access to educational materials, Internet user rights and data protection, clean technology transfer as a tool to combat climate change and access to the benefits of science and the arts for all.
The core of our programming continues to be improving access to affordable medicines. Years of work among partners in many countries forced the U.S. government to compromise in favor of public health in order to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, much to the chagrin of the pharmaceutical giants. This is likely to save many lives. Read and watch more in The New York Times, The Washington Post, at WikiLeaks, on Democracy Now! and on our access program‘s web site. Public Citizen recently published this short profile of our program’s work.
Notaries Public has a show February 19 at Treehouse Lounge and will play Journopolooza at the Hard Rock Cafe February 26. Our songs “Meet Me in the Middle” and “Star Field Below” are available for download on Bandcamp.
Join Foday Mansaray and the stone mining kids of the Borbor Pain Charity School of Hope as we put Ebola behind and work to provide education for all.