World Consumer Rights Day 2018

13/03/2018 14:05

The Consumer Council of Fiji will be celebrating the World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) on 15th March 2018.

 This year’s theme for WCRD is “Making digital marketplaces fairer and safer”.

While consumers undoubtedly agree that the benefits of the internet outweigh the risks, online dangers such as cyberbullying, fake news, and inappropriate online content used by social media sites have become a key concern in digital society.

Young people as well as adults are vulnerable to cyber bullying and harassment, predatory behaviour or disturbing online contents. A greater focus, therefore, must be put on effectively tackling the challenges digital transformation creates for online safety and cyber bullying.

To mark the occasion, the Consumer Council of Fiji will be holding an inter-tertiary debate on March 15 from 2pm at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Laucala campus. And it will be held at USP Faculty of Business and Economics Postgraduate Lecture Theatre.

The debate will be between USP and Fiji National University on the topic “Should cyberspace be regulated to deal with fake news and cyber bullying?” 

Stakeholders such as telecommunication companies, financial institutions, Department of Communication, Cyber Crime Unit: Fiji Police Force, and various school representatives will be present at the debate. The Council would like to involve millennials due to the impact of cyberbullying and fake news it have on the young people.

The chief guest for the event is Honorable Chief Justice Anthony H.C.T. Gates.  

The Council anticipates feedback from young people and various concerned stakeholders on the subject of cyberbullying and fake news.