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Consumers chart a course for the UN Guidelines

5 Panel of the UN Guidelines fringe meetingNew innovative proposals to promote consumers' interests in Access to Knowledge (A2K) have emerged from a global meeting of consumers to consider amendments for the UN Guidelines for Consumer Protection.

Members needed for new CI campaign on broadband

3 Holding Broadband Service Providers to AccountInternet access has become fundamental to the lives of today's consumers, and will only continue to become more important in developed and developing countries alike. Recognising this, CI is very pleased to announce a new two-year campaign titled “Holding Broadband Service Providers to Account”, which aims to empower consumer organisations around the world to demand more equitable and accessible broadband service offerings, respecting consumers' rights and broader human rights, as a necessary condition of achieving a socially-inclusive information society.

Consumer Rights in the Digital World: Privacy, access and activism

Consumers International World Congress 2011Consumers International's World Congress 2011 will be held in Hong Kong from 3-6 May on the theme Empowering Tomorrow's Consumers. One of the sessions that will be of most interest to participants in the A2K programme is titled Consumer Rights in the Digital World: Privacy, access and activism

Plan to amend UN Consumer Protection Guidelines to safeguard access to education and culture

Promoting Access to Knowledge through the UN Guidelines for Consumer ProtectionVilnius, Lithuania: At a United Nations (UN) Internet summit today, Consumers International (CI) announced plans to push for the amendment of the UN Guidelines for Consumer Protection, to include new safeguards for consumers of goods protected by copyright and patent laws.  Such goods include e-books, music, films, software, and the devices used for accessing these.

Announcing "Access to Knowledge - A Guide for Everyone"

Access to Knowledge: A Guide for EveryoneAccess to Knowledge: A Guide for Everyone aims to provide a concise and non-specialist introduction to IP and A2K issues, and selected related issues of communications rights and access to information and communication technologies (ICTs).

A2K for Consumers: Reports of Campaigns and Reports 2008-2010

Access to Knowledge: Reports of Campaigns and Research 2008-2010Announcing the release of Access to Knowledge for Consumers: Reports of Campaigns and Reports 2008-2010, a substantial new volume of reports from Consumers International on our research and campaigning activities over the last two years.

IGF Workshop on "Freedom of expression or access to knowledge"


Consumers International, the Centre for Internet and Society, India, and Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil, are presenting a workshop at this year's Internet Governance Forum on its opening day, 14 September, titled "Freedom of expression or access to knowledge: are we taking the necessary steps towards an open and inclusive Internet?"

Human Rights Groups to Challenge Special 301

On Tuesday July 20, a group of public interest organizations, represented by Sean Flynn, Associate Director of PIJIP, will file a complaint alleging that U.S. trade policy in the Obama Administration violates international human rights obligations. The complaint will be filed with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Anand Grover.

A live press conference will take place at the Media Center at the International AIDS Conference 2010, Vienna, at 12:00 noon Vienna time.

Sean Flynn explained:

Open source software in Malaysia

The Malaysian government has set an example for the Asia-Pacific region in its support for free and open source software (FOSS). In 2004 it launched a master plan for rolling out FOSS throughout the public sector. That plan is now in its second phase of "accelerated adoption", which is intended to make the use of FOSS within government more pervasive. The overall aims of the programme are:

Scholars condemn the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement


Consumers International participated in a group of over 90 academics, practitioners and public interest organizations from six continents who gathered at American University Washington College of Law, June 16-18, 2010 to analyze the official text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), released for the first time in April, 2010.