Consumers in the Information Society 2013: Rights, Justice, Connection is the follow-up to last year's meeting of CI members on access to knowledge, broadband and consumer rights online, and the first such meeting since we relaunched those programmes as the priority issue area Consumers in the Digital Age.
The opportunities and challenges that face consumers in today's online digital environment raise a range of new issues for the global consumer movement. For example, products that were once sold as goods, are now packaged as digital services, lacking many of the incidents of ownership that consumers expect. They are often delivered over broadband networks for which there are no uniform consumer protection standards. Many of t
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In January 2011, CI called for expressions of interest from its members for a limited amount of seed funding to support national-level campaigning against public policies that impact access to knowledge. The two successful recipients announced in June were ZACA (Zambian Consumer Association) and FOMCA (Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations).
Durante 2009 y 2010, Consumers International aplicó una encuesta en 25 países sobre las barreras que enfrentan los consumidores para acceder y utilizar materiales protegidos como propiedad intelectual.
Consumers International, the Centre for Internet and Society, India, and Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil, are presenting a workshop at this year's Internet Governance Forum on its opening day, 14 September, titled "Freedom of expression or access to knowledge: are we taking the necessary steps towards an open and inclusive Internet?"
As the peak body of the global consumer movement, Consumers International believes that a knowledge society can be developed only when there is access to information on all fronts. Such a society is sustainable when access to knowledge is unhampered and inclusive, promoting co-operative forms of knowledge production as the basis for innovation and creativity.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke in Washington today about the Obama administration's commitment to promoting online rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression and access to knowledge - and, as a necessary precondition, access to the Internet itself. In her speech she said:
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.