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Access to Knowledge at the Internet Governance Forum

Consumers International and the African Copyright and A2K Project (ACA2K) this week held a successful workshop looking at the Global State of Copyright and Access to Knowledge at the 2009 meeting of the multi-stakeholder United Nations Internet Governance Forum in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. The session was moderated by Dr Bassem Awad from ACA2K, who is also Chief Judge at the Egyptian Ministry of Justice.

Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge

Responding to the pressures of the culture industry lobby, a huge international coalition has come together to urge respect for the civil rights of citizens and artists in the digital era.

Today we are disseminating throughout the world the Charter of the Culture Forum of Barcelona for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge.

Consumers International's access barrier survey launched in ten languages!

CI believes that a knowledge society can be developed only when access to knowledge is unhampered and inclusive, and that the role of consumer organisations in making this possible is vital. To this end, we have developed a concise survey of consumers designed to pinpoint where the barriers that prevent consumers from accessing knowledge lie.

Business leaders to debate the importance of upholding consumers interests in IP

Consumers International, with the support of UFC-Que Choisir and La Quadrature du Net, is holding a Business Roundtable on the Consumer Interest in IPRs on the afternoon of 22 October (just before the TACD's second Paris Accord meeting), to bring together representatives of the entertainment, publishing, information technology and communications industries to discuss and debate the role that consumers' interests play in their decision-making

Controversy surrounding national policy on open standards for egovernance in India

A draft policy on open standards for governance, more than a year in the making is about to be dramatically altered due to pressure from proprietary software based technology firms.

How does Access to Knowledge fit with consumer protection?

Consumer groups from around the Asia-Pacific region are currently meeting in Chiang Rai, Thailand for a conference on The Next Wave of ASEAN Consumer Protection in Telecommunications, at which I presented today on the relationship between consumer protection and Access to Knowledge (A2K). As promised to conference delegates, I am posting the slides from that presentation below, in two open formats.

Hot topics in Access to Knowledge

Here is a brief roundup (with links to further information) on some of the most important and interesting topics on the copyright and A2K radar this month:

Workshop on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Education and Research Environments in Nairobi

On Friday 22 May 2009, I attended a workshop on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for education and research environments at the silver springs hotel Nairobi.

Consumers International at WIPO

The highlight of the 18th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has been the proposal today by Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay of a WIPO Treaty for Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading Disabled Persons that was drafted by the World Blind Union and presented for discussion at the previous SCCR meeting last November.

Taylor Wessing's attempt to discredit CI's IP Watch List backfires

Law firm Taylor Wessing’s description of its Global's IP Index (GIPI) is highly misleading and its criticism of the Consumer Focus UK survey (which forms part of the 16 country Consumers International IP Watch list) unfounded.