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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

Entretien UIT @ WCIT 12: Romain Abilé Houehou, Coordinateur, ATRPT, République du Bénin

Entretien avec a Romain Abilé Houehou, Coordinateur, ATRPT, République du Bénin, a WCIT-12, 3-14 décembre 2012, Dubaï, Emirats arabes unis.

La Conférence mondiale des télécommunications internationales (CMTI-12), révisera le Règlement des télécommunications internationales (RTI), en vigueur -- traité international ayant force obligatoire et conçu pour faciliter, à l'échelle internationale, l'interconnexion et l'interopérabilité des services d'information et de communication, ainsi que pour en assurer l'efficacité et l'utilité et les mettre largement à la disposition du public.

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?

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Le 25 octobre 2012, la Commission Européenne a annoncé sa décision préliminaire, concernant la plainte déposée par DataCell ehf en juillet 2011, contestant le blocus financier extrajudiciaire et arbitraire sur les transactions financières soutenant WikiLeaks. Ce blocus avait été imposé de manière unilatérale par Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal et 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.