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Copyright enforcement shouldn't be killing people

31 Aaron SwartzCopyright enforcement ought to be about going after those who profiteer from the work of others by dealing in pirated goods, and about protecting consumers from sub-standard fakes. Instead, the industries pushing for tougher copyright enforcement have become fixated on controlling the behaviour of ordinary consumers.

Broadband postcards now available

What should you know about your ISP?As part of our campaign Holding Broadband Service Providers to Account, Consumers International prepared a range of resources for members to use, including a sample design for a Broadband Disclosure Statement, a parody social media campaign on Twitter and Fa

Why the ITU is like Freemasonry


30 FreemasonryIn the wake of the anti-climatic conclusion to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) earlier this month, readers could be forgiven for being confused about whether all the hype about the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) staging a UN takeover of the Internet had ever represented a real threat, or had ju

Trans-Pacific Partnership, 15th Round

The 15th Round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Negotiations was held on 3rd to 12th December 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Lack of transparency continues to hamper dialogue at the Trans-Pacific Partnership


29 TPP demonstration in AucklandJeremy Malcolm, fresh from the 15th round of negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Auckland, New Zealand, answers some questions about the progress of the negotiations, the rising tide of opposition to their secrecy, and how they could affect Internet freedoms.

Q: As the Auckland round wraps up, what is the public feeling about the TPP negotiations?

WikiLeaks: should financial institutions be information gatekeepers?

27 Wikileaks logo

On 25 October 2012, the European Commission submitted its preliminary decision regarding a complaint filed by DataCell ehf. in July 2011, which challenged the extrajudicial and arbitrary financial blockade on financial transactions supporting WikiLeaks, which was unilaterally imposed by Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union.

Internet Governance Forum 2012

At the workshop "Broadband Access and Consumer Rights" held at the Baku Internet Governance Forum, stakeholders came together to discuss the consumer protection dimension of broadband Internet services.  The panel included members representing regulators, academia, the private sector (both content and infrastructure providers), and of course consumer groups.

Best Bits

Thirty civil society organisations and experts participating at the Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan have this week issued a joint statement addressed to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which next month will be reviewing its International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs).

The Fastest and Cheapest Internet Connections

The United States basically invented the Internet, so naturally they have the fastest and cheapest Internet speeds, right? Wrong. While the United States may be the largest contributor to the invention of the Internet and its following technologies, they do not have the fastest speeds or the cheapest.

Printed broadband posters now available

Broadband disclosure statement posterAccompanying this month's release of CI's book Holding Broadband Service Providers to Account: A Consumer Advocacy Manual were downloadable and editable designs for posters. Two of these poster designs are now also available in A3 printed form from CI's Regional Office for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East in Kuala Lumpur.