I wrote this as an email for Tech News Today in response to one of their news on Friday. Even if they don't read it out, I thought I might share it with you guys as well:

I was listening to last Friday's episode of TnT about the
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and I discovered this news about a
week or so before about how the agreement meant that at the end copyright laws of the countries that enter into this agreement would be dictated by the United States. As a Malaysian that lives in Australia, I am compelled to expressed my disappointment at the both governments for signing an agreement that basically gives a foreign country the last say into how they want their interests protected.

However, it occurred to me and I may have talked about this on my
Google Plus account at one point (which always seems to be the best
place to talk about geek related stuff) that perhaps the reason why
countries are so willing to go along with agreements like this (aside
from the other non copyright related issues) would be because they
have no understanding of how the internet works. I know you guys
talked about this on the show so many times on how, even in the United
States, a lot of senators and law-makers appear to have no clue about
how technology today works, lobbying instead for issues where the most
money would be put into.

That being said, countries like Malaysia and Australia where the
adoption (as well as the experience and skill of handling) of new
technology is slow. It's a far cry to expect local politicians and law
makers to actually have a decent grasp on how certain agreements can
affect a country's tech culture.

Even when you look at law makers and politicians in European nations, that are against agreements like ACTA, a lot of it isn't about how the agreements affect the digital community, but rather how it affects the individual citizen's rights to privacy. It's not that they are tech savvy, but they know enough to red flag the agreement as a breach of something they take very seriously.

Perhaps this is a sign, perhaps even the last straw for tech savvy
geeks to start making the push into the political arena. At the very
least, put someone with some "technological common sense" into the the position that would and could affect the digital future of a country.
It's not enough to just express out outrage against something that we
have limited control over. If we are to build a future where local laws and international treaties don't endanger or cripple a future where tech culture is ubiquitous and free (as in liberty, not as in beer) then we need to have people that understand and utilise that culture leading the country.

So come any political election, look for the candidate with at least a working knowledge of technology or its culture. Someone you can trust to work social media or understand how things like patents and copyright affects the tech industry and not just the country as a whole.
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