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Lawmakers call for the release of the TPP text to enable public scrutiny and debate

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78 TPP video screenshotPoliticians from nine countries around the pacific rim have signed a joint statement published today by the global NGO’s Oxfam and Article 19, the statement calls for the release of the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before it is signed, to allow for scrutiny and public debate.

Is free Internet data worth the cost?

Earlier this month, US phone and Internet giant AT&T announced its new Sponsored Data service, that would allow mobile customers to access certain sponsored websites or services, free of data charges – because the charges would be borne by the sponsor companies instead.

Time for open standards for online payments?

61 Bitcoin safe by btckeychainThe online ecosystem has fostered enormous technological innovation, yet for the most part the payment systems that we rely upon to send money around the world are a curious anachronism. For e-commerce transactions, most consumers and many merchants are well enough served by the 1970s-era Visa and Mastercard networks. But for person-to-person transfers, the options are fewer and more costly.

Consumers were right to be worried, but can the TPP be redeemed?

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59 TPP video screenshotThis week's leak of a recent version of the intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) has sparked much outrage over the maximalist copyright and patent policies that the United States government, in particular, is seeking to impose on countries around the world.

W3C's credibility rocked by the failure of "Do Not Track" and its embrace of DRM on the Web

55 The W3C's tracking preference working group has been seeking to develop a specification for a standard called "Do Not Track" or DNT. The concept behind this standard (which I've written about in detail elsewhere) was to specify how a website or advertiser should respond to a notification expressed by a user (typically through a browser setting) that they do not wish to be tracked online.

Six-month paid internship at CI working on WCRD

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52 Your deskNext year's World Consumer Rights Day on March 15 will be on the topic "Consumers in the Digital Age".  We are announcing an opportunity for a six-month internship at CI, joining our team in Kuala Lumpur to help prepare for this event.

Consumers and counterfeits

49 Jeremy MalcolmTough IP laws, such as those that the United States is seeking to introduce through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), are often justified as necessary to fight counterfeiting and piracy. On the face of it, this seems like a fair call. Consumers should be entitled to assume that the products they purchase are authorised, original versions. As such, consumers are often the victims of counterfeiting just as much as the owners of the original trademarked products are.

More than a hundred global groups make a principled stand against surveillance

For some time now there has been a need to update understandings of existing human rights law to reflect modern surveillance technologies and techniques. Nothing could demonstrate the urgency of this situation more than the revelations confirming the mass surveillance of innocent individuals around the world.

Diverse International coalition launches alternative process to secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership talks

47 Fair Deal Coalition logoThe Fair Deal Coalition has launched a new initiative that will give Internet users a platform to discuss what copyright should look like under the TPP. The Coalition’s ‘Your Digital Future’ tool invites stakeholders from all sectors - not just old media conglomerates - to discuss what kind of copyright law the TPP countries need in order to encourage creativity, participation, and innovation.

Why we went to the United Nations to protect digital consumers

45 Wired bookCI believes that the UN Guidelines for Consumer Protection have much potential to help restore the balance between the interests of consumers and copyright holders that has been upset with the introduction of digital rights management digital rights management (DRM) systems, descriptively known as ‘digital locks.’