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Enhanced Cooperation in Internet policy making - statement at CSTD meeting in Geneva

14 UN logoMy name is Romain Houéhou, from the African ICT Consumer Network, and also representing Consumers International today. Consumers International is the worldwide federation of consumer groups with 220 members in 115 countries.

Drowning in Codes of Conduct

In Australia as in many other countries, online services are a lightly-regulated industry, in which codes of conduct rather than laws are relied upon to protect consumers.  On World Consumer Rights Day this year, the UNSW Law Faculty Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre released a report: "Drowning in Codes of Conduct: An analysis of codes of conduct applying to online activity in Australia" which suggests this self regulatory approach to online consumer protection, rights and interests online is not nece

2012 USTR Special 301 Report blind to weaknesses of IP regime

13 USTR logoThe United States Trade Representative (USTR) Special 301 Report for 2012 has just been released, one week after CI's own IP Watchlist.

2012 IP Watchlist released

12 Wired bookConsumers International's IP Watchlist 2012 is our annual global survey revealing how fair the world's intellectual property laws and enforcement practices are for consumers. This year, thirty countries from around the world are rated, with neighbours Israel and Jordan placing respectively top and bottom. The best-rated countries tend to be those with the broadest copyright limitations, that allow enough room for innovative reuse of content, and the free use of IP goods within a close circle of family and friends.

Fiji - National Broadband Policy

Link to Fiji's National Broadband Policy announced by the Government in October 2011.

http://www.fiji.gov.fj/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=85&Itemid=189

 

The Internet Blueprint: A positive copyright reform proposal from the US

The popular backlash against SOPA and PIPA revealed a deep discontent among people, both in the U.S. and in other parts of the world, at the way copyright policy is formulated, the interests it seeks to advance, and the means it uses to advance them. This popular energy can and should be used not only to prevent harmful initiatives like SOPA and PIPA but also to bring about positive changes in copyright law and policy.

FIJI - Broadband customers face unfair rates changeover

Connect, which holds substantial market power in internet services in Fiji recently announced new packages for residential and business broadband subscribers. The ISP which is subsidiary of Fiji's monopoly fixed-line telecommunications provider Telecom Fiji has set unfair conditions for consumers one of which is automatically moving customers to the new packages and removing their free Connect email address. This is the first press release on the matter issued by the Consumer Council of Fiji.

Wikipedia (English) protest blackout

From: http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/English_Wikipedia_anti-SOPA_blackout

To: English Wikipedia Readers and Community
From: Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director
Date: January 16, 2011
 

Consumer Council of Fiji's role recognised by Telecommunications Authority of Fiji

The Consumer Council of Fiji is being recognized by Fiji's telecommunications regulator -  Telecommunications Authority of Fiji (TAF). The Council is now a full member of the TAF's Numbering Industry Working Group (NIWG) which is a consultative body in regards to the allocation of numbers and codes for telecommunications providers, that includes internet service providers.

New global research programme to support UN Guidelines amendments

Consumers International is pleased to announce a new programme of research to support the amendments that we have developed to update the UN Guidelines for Consumer Protection for the digital age and to promote access to knowledge. This research, funded by a grant from IDRC, will establish a sound evidence base to help support advocacy for the adoption of the amendments, whilst also increasing the capacity of the global consumer movement, particularly in the global South, to engage in research-based advocacy to support policy changes at an international level.