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WCIT-2012: Threats to Internet and Consumer Freedom

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26 ITUThe International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a United Nations body working for telecommunications and radio related regulations and developmental projects in this area. This international body last revised its general principals for international telephonic system called International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) in 1988 and they are due for revision again in 2012. Recent debate regarding amendments to the ITRs becomes very critical for the consumer representative groups and civil society organizations working for consumer rights.

Advertisers tracking consumers online: Do Not Track at the W3C

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Between 2009 and 2012, all of the major Web browser applications added a “Do Not Track” (DNT) preference setting. If this setting is turned on, whenever the user loads a page, or a piece of content on a page, the provider of that page or content is notified that the user does not want to be “tracked” – whatever that means. But the problem is, at this point, there is still no agreed standard on what it does mean, so the setting is presently ineffective.

Transparency in TPP: An Overview and Future Agenda

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25 TPP rally photo by Public Citizen CC BY-NC-SAAs the 15th round of TPP negotiations is approaching in December at Auckland, New Zealand, we keep in view the sensitivity of the issues arising from the ongoing TPPA negotiating text. Specifically the issues highlighted through the two leaked chapters of TPP on Intellectual Property Rights and Investment. These leaked chapters has sparked an extensive debate regarding national and public interests in Intellectual Property Rights and investment policy.

Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Interpretation of the Right of Quotation

At a meeting of stakeholders held at the European Parliament in May 2012, a number of participants indicated their support for the development of a memorandum of understanding between rights-holder representatives and consumers on a modern interpretation of the quotation limitation to copyright.

FOMCA's project to encourage PC vendors to distribute a usable free operating system

19 Explaining about free softwareThis project aimed to encourage the distribution of Ubuntu Linux instead of FreeDOS on new low-cost computers in order to provide consumers with free and open source 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.

Welcoming Farooq Ahmed Jam to CI

18 Farooq AhmedCI is pleased to announce that Farooq Ahmed Jam will be working in our “Consumers in the Digital Age” programme for 10 weeks from August to November 2012, under secondment from FOMCA where he has been placed as a Google Policy Fellow.

Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum

At the Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum in Tokyo,

Ad-hoc Expert Meeting on Consumer Protection

The United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection are to be reviewed in July 2013.  This was the major outcome of an UNCTAD Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Consumer Protection: The interface between competition and consumer policies, at which

Final report of ZACA campaign for removal of customs duty on newsprint

In May 2011 ZACA was awarded a sum of three thousand seven hundred and fifty United States Dollars (US $3750) by Consumer International (CI) under the Access to knowledge programme to undertake a campaign that would lead to the removal of 5% customs duty on imported newsprint in Zambia with the assumption that the price of newspapers would correspondingly reduce thereby making newspapers affordable to the majority of consumers. This in turn would increase access to knowledge as more people read newspapers.

I Want It Now! Creators addressing consumers' needs in the digital age

Copyright owners, intermediaries, consumers and European Parliamentarians came together in the library of the European Parliament on the afternoon of 30 May to debate the shortcomings of European