ACTA Negotiators 'Meeting' With Consumer Advocates Involved 'Negotiators Eating With Negotiators'

from the well-that-was-useful dept

We already discussed how ACTA negotiators last week announced the timing of a "meeting" lunch for negotiators with consumer rights groups in such a way that it was impossible for most of those groups to attend, and then the negotiators refused to reschedule to a more convenient time. Of course, some people were able to make it, and their reports suggest that ACTA negotiators never really intended to talk to consumer rights groups in the first place:
The meeting was an informal lunch with negotiators scattered at tables rather than structured in a means for dialogue. This is similar to the D.C. "mixer" and in contrast to Lucerne. In Lucerne the delegates requested written questions in advance and answered them in a structured dialogue around a conference table. Everything was on the record, which led to many news stories based on meeting notes released from those present. In DC and now Tokyo the engagement was more informal with no opportunities for formal question and answers of the group.

Representatives of Oxfam, Creative Commons and perhaps one or two other groups were reported to be at the meeting. According to one attendee who arrived late, there were very few open seats where NGOs could sit with negotiators. Mostly the tables appeared to be of negotiators eating with other negotiators.
Transparency in action.


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    Ron Rezendes (profile), Sep 28th, 2010 @ 3:43pm

    Hey Rocky....

    watch me pull an ACTA outta my hat! PRESTO!

     

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    DJ (profile), Sep 28th, 2010 @ 3:57pm

    Re: Hey Rocky....

    Must be the wrong hat!

     

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    DJ (profile), Sep 28th, 2010 @ 4:00pm

    Hmmm

    "news stories based on meeting notes released from those present"

    Cuz those notes aren't going to be biased at all; to say nothing of the agendas the news agencies are being paid to further (or squelch).

     

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    TDR, Sep 28th, 2010 @ 5:27pm

    Don't you mean "negotiators eating negotiators?" :p

    Just a joke, but considering the kind of people many of them are, it's probably not that far off the mark.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 29th, 2010 @ 3:26am

    and DR evil says

    THAT will be ONE MILLION DOLLARS

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 29th, 2010 @ 11:41am

    The failing Obama Administration at work as well. "Transparency in action." indeed. So much for that.. just more Democrats selling us out for their Hollywood buds.

     

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