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Here I discussed about the shifting power-relations of people and the State and the companies. And why the consumer rights movement is now very crucial to protect our civil and political rights.
In the Digital Age, we're living more and more in private spaces, owned by some companies, and we're more and more governed by trade laws, many times international ones. Our civil and political rights are very much, in this Digital Age, framed by these trade laws.
Because of this, the consumer rights movement, which is the movement to balance the power-relation in trade laws, should also be at the center of the fight to protect our civil and political rights -- and the consumer rights movement itself should realized about this.
Also, because our digital activities are by nature go across borders, so the violations will, and we must ensure that the protections will go across borders too.
Presented at "International Conference: Consumer Rights in the Digital Age". The Empress Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 3 April 2014
Hosted by National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Foundation for Consumers, and Consumers International.
Find more about the Conference and other topics/speakers at https://www.facebook.com/DigitalConsumerRights