These are some notes on some of the new Wikileaks cables. (Much more at http://keionline.org/wikileaks)
May 18, 2009. Pfizer meets asks US embassy to intervene in Philippines debate over drug prices. Embassy agrees to tell Philippines government that "imposition of price controls . . . would be unacceptable.."
Subject: Health Department Patent Remedies to Cut Drug Prices
¶1. (SBU) Summary: The Philippine Department of Health is close to
Posted August 27, 2011
These are some tools for searching the US Department of State cables released by Wikileaks.
A Wikileaks page on the cables is available here: http://wlcentral.org/cablegate
KEI recommends this site for searching the cables by key words:
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These are some links to KEI web pages on transparency in negotiations.
- March 16, 2009. What should be transparent in trade and treaty negotiations?
- March 20, 2009. Obama trade officials promise thorough review of transparency policies
The WIPO general Assembly is webcasting this year's General Assembly. This use of Internet technologies really shows how transparent global IPR negotiations can be, and should be. The contrast with ACTA, which is meeting now in secret in Japan, is jarring.
The photo below, taken on September 23, 2010, is from the Convention Center, where the meeting is being held. Earlier this week WIPO Agreed to built its own very large conference facility, which should be open in 2013.
- On October 9, 2009, KEI sent a request to the Department of Energy, regarding the Bayh Dole Act, with the following request:
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Knowledge Ecology International
David Bollier, Onthecommons.org
U.S. Public Interest Research Group
Health Action International (HAI) Global
Ellen Miller, Sunlight Foundation
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Students for Free Culture
Entertainment Consumers Association
Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure e.V
Nuria Homedes, Salud y Farmacos
Wouter Tebbens, Free Knowledge Institute
The following is a letter that was sent on November 3, 2009 to President Obama, asking that the negotiations regarding ACTA be made more transparent.
While the letter was sent on November 3, 2009, people may add their names to the online version of the petition, by sending a note to Malini Aisola at email@example.com
For more background on ACTA and the disputes over transparency, see
By James Love, on July 31st, 2009
On Thursday, July 30, 2009, the White House office of the United States Trade Representative denied release of 4 new proposals for text that were circulated in July to “all countries” in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations. The request was limited to documents that were prepared in the past 90 days for purpose of discussion at the July 2009 ACTA negotiating meeting held in Morocco.
USTR located 4 such documents, but denied the FOIA request under 5 USC 552(b)(1). The specific exception cited reads as follows: