This is an important article from Boing Boing. It goes against every democratic principle to hold secret negotiations on major legal issues and yet that is what is happening right under our noses.
From the article:
ACTA is an unprecedented copyright treaty (unprecedented in that it reaches farther than previous copyright treaties, and that it is being negotiated behind closed doors, without any public input or oversight) that will force copyright policing duties on Internet companies (vastly increasing the cost of hosting “user-generated content”); create new penalties for infringement (including Draconian penalties such as disconnection from the Internet on accusations of infringement); and require countries to search hard-drives, personal media players, and other personal data at their borders.
Please take the time to be aware of this and write your representative.