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Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

Seeking to ensure that public policy initiatives concerning intellectual property serve the public interest, more than 170 scholars, policymakers, and policy advocates from approximately 35 countries traveled to American University Washington College of Law (WCL) for the first Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, August 25-27, 2011.

Campaign for removal of customs duty on imported newsprint in Zambia

Zambia Consumer Association campaigns to assert and defend the rights of consumers in zambia thus increase consumer influance on the market. The association generates opinion and coordinates campaigns to ensure that consumer rights find express in consumer policy.  

Access to knowledge for community development in public libraries

The workshEIFL logoop entitled  "Do policymakers understand the role of libraries in mobilising the internet as a catalyst for development, innovation and freedom?" will take place on 28 September 2011, 11am, at the IGF,  in Nairobi

Campaign to promote Open Source Software to consumers

This year FOMCA would like to participate in the National Campaign on A2K Policies by promoting open source software to consumers. This project aims to encourage the distribution of Ubuntu Linux instead of FreeDOS on new low-cost computers in order to provide consumers with more useful free software and thereby also reduce piracy. Many low cost computers that do not include Microsoft Windows, are instead distributed with an operating system that is called FreeDOS which is free clone of the 30+ year old pre-Windows operating system, MSDOS. 

Broadband for achieving the Millennium Development Goals

New Books at AUA Papazian Library

Click to viewQuite recently AUA Papazian Library enriched its collection by these valuable books:

Public comment draft of A2K amendments for UN Guidelines

6 A new international instrument on Access to Knowledge (A2K) could be in the wings, with the first public release of a draft set of proposed amendments to the United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection.  These forward-looking A2K provisions are the culmination of months of online and face-to-face collaboration by Consumers International members from around the world.

The draft A2K amendments are now officially open for broader public comment at http://A2Knetwork.org/guidelines.

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.

Brazil, Egypt and United Kingdom among worst copyright regimes in the world, new consumer study reveals

  • Latest annual global survey finds intellectual property laws continue to penalise consumers

  • Two-thirds of countries failed in at least one area

  • Evidence of industry seeking copyright infringement convictions without trial