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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.

Coalition demands a Fair Deal on copyright in the TPP


60 Fair Deal Coalition logoTo the government representatives behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP):

Text from the TPP Intellectual Property Rights chapter recently released by Wikileaks confirms the Fair Deal Coalition’s fears that the TPP would indeed limit the open Internet, access to knowledge, economic opportunity and fundamental rights, if a number of proposed copyright provisions were agreed to.

To ensure A Fair Deal for all countries and stakeholders, we ask that:

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


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.

Public Safety Codes of the World: Stand Up For Safety!

58 Support this project on KickstarterLane Rasberry works for Consumer Reports, the United States member of Consumers International, but this post is his personal opinion and not a statement of Consumer Reports.

Media Coverage - Consumer Council of Fiji Broadband Nutrition Labelling Campaign

A feature article that appeared on page 2 of Fiji's leading newspaper The Fiji Times on 7th October 2013 highlight the broadband disclosure statement that the Consumer Council of Fiji is campaigning for.

When choosing an ISP, consumers should look at the five basic components: speed variation, reliability service limits and conditions, pricing and other information. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

CI joins campaign for cheaper broadband

56 Alliance for Affordable Internet logoConsumers in the developing world are either offline or being ripped off - Consumers International has joined a global coalition aiming to tackle this issue.

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) - which launches its website today - is an international initiative made up of over 30 private, public and not-for-profit organisations, all working towards two shared goals:

  1. To create the conditions for open, competitive and innovative broadband markets

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.

CI launches two new music videos about the TPP


54 TPP video screenshotThe secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement could overturn rules on topics as diverse as intellectual property, food labelling and financial services regulation in twelve countries of the Pacific Rim. From today senior officials from those countries are meeting at the APEC meeting in Bali, where they hope to advance the negotiations towards closure this year.

Six-month paid internship at CI working on WCRD


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.

Consumer Council of Fiji launches broadband campaign, seeks disclosure statement from ISPs

51 The Consumer Council on 9th September 2013 launched its Campaign for Broadband Nutrition Labeling, aimed at getting internet service providers (ISPs) to be truthful in the information they provide to consumers.

The Council is calling on ISPs to provide a Broadband Disclosure Statement which is a summary of important or essential information which can assist consumers to make an informed decision.