The Obama administration has often stated its commitment to open government - and justifiably so. We live in the age of online transparency and online democracy. Yet, the administration is keeping the contents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - the most significant international commercial agreement since the 1995 World Trade Organisation - as secretive as possible.
The deal has been under negotiation since 2008, and the administration is hoping negotiations can be concluded by the end of 2013.
A demonstrator in Kuala Lumpur joins a protest against Malaysia's participation in rule-making negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The secrecy of the deal, which will have a far-reaching impact on people's lives, has stirred protests in partner countries. AFP