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Another round of negotiations around the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP—an international agreement that we're calling an "Internet trap"—finished in Singapore last week.

Now many of you know that the TPP is hugely problematic for our digital future. It's being negotiated behind closed doors and circumventing democratic processes, it puts way too much power in the hands of Big Media conglomerates, and it could criminalize many everyday uses of the Internet.

As supporter Anto Filikian put it, "this is much bigger than simple rules and restrictions. They want to silence the world!"

We at OpenMedia been working hard to ensure citizen voices are heard through the StopTheTrap.net campaign and other means, but we know that the best ideas always come from you: the Internet freedom community.

So this week, we asked you to give input on social media and through a discussion hosted on Reddit, and many of you chimed in with ideas, words of encouragement, and exciting new ways to talk about the issue.

One community member on Facebook suggested, "It will be up to the citizens of this country to make a public example of any leader who decides to sign over our sovereign digital rights."

On Reddit, someone else wrote: "By the very fact that this (these) agreements are negotiated behind a veil of secrecy makes them off limits to the average citizen."

Another redditor more recently added: "I have a folder on my computer that is dedicated just to videos of Nascar races that I've downloaded from the net. Under the TPP that would be illegal or could be, I assume, as I haven't asked for anyone's permission to obtain them. That's what hits home. Humdrum everyday items that people do every day without even thinking about it."

You can check out more of the discussion on Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, and while you're there, add your voice to the discussion.

We love hearing from you.

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