Modern trade agreements are negotiated in closed, opaque and unaccountable fora, that lack democratic safeguards and are vulnerable to undue influence. Yet considerable social and economic benefits that could flow from an international trading system that is fair, sustainable, democratic, and accountable. I led an expert group of stakeholders representing Internet users, consumers, innovative businesses, cultural institutions, and scholars, in presenting this case to international fora including the World Trade Organization and the Internet Governance Forum.