Why Internet Users Should be Very Angry about the TPP

Openmedia.org

Imagine a world where anything you buy is not fully yours. Take this example: a farmer who wants to diagnose his/her tractor will be in serious trouble if he/she bypasses the protection installed by John Deere. This situation will replicate in everything we buy, use, read, and even what we take into our bodies if the Trans Pacific Partnership is ratified. There is an increasing public concern among internet users they have access only to fragmented information. People are wondering what it is that the governments involved are hiding, if anything. How is this related to internet usage? Think of books with authors that have passed away for more than 50 years. Those books will receive immediate copyright extension under the TPP which means thousands of users will be having to pay royalties for something that was public. A current example of this can be found with the Mickey Mouse Protection Act that, even though Walt Disney it’s been dead for long, users still need to pay royalties to the corporation.

Original article: https://openmedia.org/en/why-internet-users-should-be-very-angry-about-tpp

Prescription drugs and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

OregonLive – The Oregonian

The TPP is an empowering tool to those companies that hold some of the most demanded pharmaceutical products in the world. Big players such as ELI Lilly, Bristo-Myers, and Squibb are fiercely supporting this treaty so that they can go after the International court to sue against profit lost. Notice that, in recent months the price of drugs has been increasing. Take as an example Turing and its 5,000% increase over the drug to treat HIV. This will continue to happen as the deal gets closed. When focusing at the big picture, it is easy to underestimate the impact of this agreement at the base level. Oregon, for example, has a rate of over 10 people dying every week for not being able to afford medication. This raises several questions: where else is this happening? Will the government continue to provide tools to the private sector to drive more money into their pockets? When will public health become a concern?

Higher prices can reflect even on taxes. It can incur a tax increase for the government to be able to afford even basic needs.

TransCanada Sues the U.S. for $15B for Rejecting Keystone XL. Will This Be the New Normal Under TPP?

Democracy NOW!

TransCanada Company is claiming a huge amount of money for the reaction of Obama rejecting this multimillionaire project. The reasons why he imposed such decision was because the U.S is chasing an ambitious goal of conserving the environment to secure a clearer and better world for future generations. He claims that if we allow this pipeline into the country, we will lose the world advantage in green solutions, and that is in the interest of the Nation. The Keystone XL pipeline project was expected to pump 830.000 barrels a day into U.S territory over the life span of such conduits. From that, Canada is claiming the benefits it would receive if such project was accepted as it originally was. Hence, this increase the tension with the current negotiations for the TPP agreement where people are wondering, how will these type of situations change in the future after its enforcement? Is it a form of pressure from the U.S government to push Canada to sign the contract?

Original article: http://www.democracynow.org/2016/1/7/transcanada_sues_the_us_for_15b

Chrystia Freeland won’t commit yet to Feb. 4 TPP signing

CBC NEWS – Politics

Canadian government’s decision still stumbles after long talks, and especially now that the deadline is approaching. Although they have expressed their interests in becoming part of the deal, and recognized that this is for the best of Canada’s economy, they still have lots to learn from the endless agreement document. Canadian stakeholders said they’re starting to digest the benefits and relevant points of the agreement to them. Recall the farm industry imposed a strong refusal in early 2015 throughout October and November. Timing is very important as the largest economies (US and Japan) need to ratify the agreement in order for it to take effect, and they only have two years to do so. If the final outcome slows its pace, this will represent a legacy from Obama’s tenure in the U.S.

Original article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trans-pacific-trade-deal-signing-freeland-1.3402248

In these four countries, the TPP’s rules on generic drugs could kill people

By Simeon Tegel, GlobalPost

There’s a leakage of information regarding the dark hidden agreements drafted in the TPP. Particularly, those defining the game rules for pharmaceutical products in Peru, Mexico, Malaysia and Vietnam. In these countries, the public health depends on generic versions of vaccines such as that of Hepatitis B. Some say that the TPP establishes exclusivity for the original manufacturers of those medicines, which later translates into a rise of the cost in public health. A representative of Peru has mentioned “sometimes you have to give up things, to win others” as voters anxiously wait for details of what had Peru conceded and what did it get in exchange. However, at the end of the day, none of this agreements will become effective until the lawmakers of each of the 12 countries ratify the deal.

Original article: http://www.globalpost.com/article/6665195/2015/10/08/these-are-four-countries-where-tpps-generic-drug-rules-could-do-real-harm

Why China doesn’t mind being left out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Allison Jackson, GlobalPost

Recalling the TTP as the largest international trade agreement so far in history, it appears that China has been left out intentionally, some believe. Some others say such move has to do with politics and economic influence more than anything else, and this decision does not take full advantage of the potential that this country can offer into this agreement. Why isn’t China concerned? There are other ways the Giant Asian is ruling its influence in the world economy. Besides already having free trade agreement with more than half of the countries in the TPP, China is currently dealing with its own TPP with 15 other countries in the Asian region. Additionally, China has many other ways to circumvent tariffs with its ubiquitous supply chain. What could have been an attempt to lower its economy, ended up being nothing more than a small scratch.

Original article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/10/09/why-china-doesnt-mind-being-left-out-trans-pacific-partnership/73640192/

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition

By Michael E. Porter and James E. Heppelmann

In this extensive article, Michael and James offer a deep analysis on the Internet of things industry. They go over topics such as explaining what smart, connected products are and what can they do. They also suggest a five forces analysis where cracks in the current business model can be noted, especially in the threat of new entrants and the bargaining power of buyers’ areas which are the focus of this review. Titled as “Mistakes to Avoid” the pair break down a series of common misconceptions including functionalities that customers don’t want to pay for, the risk of security and privacy violation, timing, and overestimation. As companies such as Boeing and Caterpillar move profounder into this technology, it is critical for them to keep this ABC in mind that perhaps can save a several millions of dollars. Currently, both companies have increased their Machine-to-machine (M2M) capability by more than 50% in the past year only according to Core2 Groups analysts.

Original article: https://hbr.org/2014/11/how-smart-connected-products-are-transforming-competition/ar/1