"The negotiations surround the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement (ACTA). This is a trade treaty being negotiated outside of the usual channels such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and World Trade Organisation (WTO). Countries including the US, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Canada and New Zealand, as well as the European Union, have got together to hammer out a plan.
That the proposal is not a part of an existing structure means that the usual rules of transparency and reporting don't apply. Up to a point that is the right of those doing the negotiating, but it does make people suspicious, and it does allow speculation to grow unchecked."
The Register's take is that the secrecy has allowed speculation to grow to a feverish level. But what really ought to be the issue is that there are these secret negotiations in the first place. Still, I guess I'm one of those old-fashioned democrats, not yet adapted to the tyrannical New World Order of the near future.