Consumers International will be represented at a multitude of meetings and workshops at this year's Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi later this month. Check out the list below, and please mark your diary to attend either in person, or remotely using the remote participation facilities available at the IGF's official and community websites.
Following a three month open public comment period, which in turn followed on from almost five months of drafting by a member working group, Consumers International has finalised the text of its proposed revisions to the United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection, covering access to knowledge issues.
The following is page 1 of a 7-page paper entitled, "Toward Consumer-ownable Digital Personal Property".
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Zambia Consumer Association campaigns to assert and defend the rights of consumers in zambia thus increase consumer influance on the market. The association generates opinion and coordinates campaigns to ensure that consumer rights find express in consumer policy.
The workshop entitled "Do policymakers understand the role of libraries in mobilising the internet as a catalyst for development, innovation and freedom?" will take place on 28 September 2011, 11am, at the IGF, in Nairobi
This year FOMCA would like to participate in the National Campaign on A2K Policies by promoting open source software to consumers. This project aims to encourage the distribution of Ubuntu Linux instead of FreeDOS on new low-cost computers in order to provide consumers with more useful free software and thereby also reduce piracy. Many low cost computers that do not include Microsoft Windows, are instead distributed with an operating system that is called FreeDOS which is free clone of the 30+ year old pre-Windows operating system, MSDOS.
A new international instrument on Access to Knowledge (A2K) could be in the wings, with the first public release of a draft set of proposed amendments to the United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection. These forward-looking A2K provisions are the culmination of months of online and face-to-face collaboration by Consumers International members from around the world.
The draft A2K amendments are now officially open for broader public comment at http://A2Knetwork.org/guidelines.