A knowledge society can be developed only when there is access to information on all fronts. Such a society is sustainable when access to knowledge is unhampered and inclusive, promoting co-operative forms of knowledge production as the basis for innovation and creativity. The new paradigm considering knowledge as a public common is a new chance to extend collective intelligence to deepen and enlarge cultures in their diversity. The role of consumer organisations in making this possible is vital.
CI's 2013-2015 work programme on A2K confronts governments and corporations who abuse the rights of consumers in the digital age through unfair restrictions on access to knowledge. Through the interventions outlined here, our ultimate aim is to empower the digital consumer to more fully enjoy the rights of freedom of expression, participation in the cultural life of the community, education, and privacy that are guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.