Consumer Rights in the Digital World: Privacy, access and activism
Consumers 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
This session, which takes place from 1:30pm on 5 May, is designed to introduce participants to the various issues arising for consumers in the online and digital environment, including issues around Access to Knowledge as well as privacy and other communications rights. Panelists Gerd Lenhard, Sunil Abraham and David Hammerstein will demonstrate demonstrate why A2K, privacy and communications rights are now firmly on the agenda of the global consumer movement.
Amongst the issues to be covered are:
- What opportunities do digital technologies present for consumers?
- What challenges do digital technologies place on consumer rights?
- What role should consumer organisations play?
This session will be followed immediately after with a break-out sub-plenary session on IP and Copyright: why they are consumer issues, in which Jeremy Malcolm (from Consumers International) and David Hammerstein (from the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue) will present the latest activities and outcomes from our programmes on IP and Access to Knowledge, including work on the UN Consumer Guidelines, negotiations over licences for fair uses, and the 2011 IP Watchlist.
Consumers International members are entitled to attend the World Congress for free. For non-members, the registration fee is reasonable. Register today to make sure you don't miss the biggest event on the calendar of the global consumer movement, and at the same time to catch up with your colleagues in the Access to Knowledge campaign.
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