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ITU agenda: the missing link of consumer rights


International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is not living up to its own recommendations on consumer representation. The Resolution 64 of World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC, 2010 Hyderabad) demands proper consumer participation in the ITU regulatory process. To date ITU management has failed to comply with its own promises and this has raised many concerns about ITU transparency and consumer protection.

WCIT-2012: Threats to Internet and Consumer Freedom


26 ITUThe International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a United Nations body working for telecommunications and radio related regulations and developmental projects in this area. This international body last revised its general principals for international telephonic system called International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) in 1988 and they are due for revision again in 2012. Recent debate regarding amendments to the ITRs becomes very critical for the consumer representative groups and civil society organizations working for consumer rights.

Transparency in TPP: An Overview and Future Agenda


25 TPP rally photo by Public Citizen CC BY-NC-SAAs the 15th round of TPP negotiations is approaching in December at Auckland, New Zealand, we keep in view the sensitivity of the issues arising from the ongoing TPPA negotiating text. Specifically the issues highlighted through the two leaked chapters of TPP on Intellectual Property Rights and Investment. These leaked chapters has sparked an extensive debate regarding national and public interests in Intellectual Property Rights and investment policy.