The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) is part of a new generation of trade agreements that is currently being negotiated by 23 Parties of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). On the basis of the currently limited available information and leaked texts, the greatest concerns regarding TISA involve the introduction of greater limitations on the government’s right to regulate or legislate and the inclusion of potentially harmful provisions for the protection of the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection, as well as net neutrality.
TISA is likely to affect fundamental human rights in the online sphere in a non-democratic way. Without proper negotiation and inclusiveness, it is likely to have negative effects on the open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system, inclusive prosperity, democratic decision-making and access to quality or accessible public services, as established in the Sustainable Development Goals. It may also constrain open and inclusive legitimate policy-making, such as the proper public engagement and oversight of the provision of online services, as well as the regulations regarding the internet economy.
Confirmed moderator: Burcu Kilic, Public Citizen
David Snead, I2Coalition
Maryant Fernández, European Digital Rights (EDRi)
Deborah James, CEPR
Kelly Kim, OpenNet Korea
Paulina Gutierrez, Article 19
Mattias Bjarnemalm, European Parliament (Greens/EFA)
Remote Moderator: Pablo Villioer, Derechos Digitales