Who needs conspiracy theories (reality is worse, anyway)?
Relentlessly, because they can afford it, the moneyed classes continually try to make it very very difficult–impossible, even–for local and even state democratic efforts to have effect. Like mandating open source software. Thus:
Article 6 of the leaked text seems to ban any country from using free software mandates: “No Party may require the transfer of, or access to, source code of software owned by a person of another Party, as a condition of providing services related to such software in its territory.” The text goes on to specify that this only applies to “mass-market software,” and does not apply to software used for critical infrastructure. It would still prevent a European government from specifying that its civil servants should use only open-source code for word processing—a sensible requirement given what we know about the deployment of backdoors in commercial software by the NSA and GCHQ.
There are other pernicious articles drafted, one could be forgiven for guessing, by the corporations mostly likely to benefit from the treaty’s passage. Each makes local efforts to exclude by differentiation multinationals difficult; and to force by dint of transnational covenant neoliberal provisions. “Neoliberal” means here, broadly, that which is good for established transnational corporations.