The online ecosystem has fostered enormous technological innovation, yet for the most part the payment systems that we rely upon to send money around the world are a curious anachronism. For e-commerce transactions, most consumers and many merchants are well enough served by the 1970s-era Visa and Mastercard networks. But for person-to-person transfers, the options are fewer and more costly.
To the government representatives behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP):
Text from the TPP Intellectual Property Rights chapter recently released by Wikileaks confirms the Fair Deal Coalition’s fears that the TPP would indeed limit the open Internet, access to knowledge, economic opportunity and fundamental rights, if a number of proposed copyright provisions were agreed to.
To ensure A Fair Deal for all countries and stakeholders, we ask that:
A feature article that appeared on page 2 of Fiji's leading newspaper The Fiji Times on 7th October 2013 highlight the broadband disclosure statement that the Consumer Council of Fiji is campaigning for.
Consumers in the developing world are either offline or being ripped off - Consumers International has joined a global coalition aiming to tackle this issue.
The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) - which launches its website today - is an international initiative made up of over 30 private, public and not-for-profit organisations, all working towards two shared goals:
To create the conditions for open, competitive and innovative broadband markets
The W3C's tracking preference working group has been seeking to develop a specification for a standard called "Do Not Track" or DNT. The concept behind this standard (which I've written about in detail elsewhere) was to specify how a website or advertiser should respond to a notification expressed by a user (typically through a browser setting) that they do not wish to be tracked online.
The secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement could overturn rules on topics as diverse as intellectual property, food labelling and financial services regulation in twelve countries of the Pacific Rim. From today senior officials from those countries are meeting at the APEC meeting in Bali, where they hope to advance the negotiations towards closure this year.
Next year's World Consumer Rights Day on March 15 will be on the topic "Consumers in the Digital Age". We are announcing an opportunity for a six-month internship at CI, joining our team in Kuala Lumpur to help prepare for this event.
The Consumer Council on 9th September 2013 launched its Campaign for Broadband Nutrition Labeling, aimed at getting internet service providers (ISPs) to be truthful in the information they provide to consumers.
The Council is calling on ISPs to provide a Broadband Disclosure Statement which is a summary of important or essential information which can assist consumers to make an informed decision.