Safer digital marketplace

TODAY marks World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) with this year’s theme as “Making digital marketplaces fairer and safer”.

And to mark the annual occasion, the Consumer Council of Fiji will be holding what is expected to be an interesting inter-tertiary debate in Suva around the extensive subjects of cyberbullying and fake news.

Council chief executive officer Premila Kumar said they anticipated feedback from young people on the subject aimed to involve millennials because of the impact cyberbullying and fake news had on young people.

“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,” Ms Kumar said in a statement.

“Young people as well as adults are vulnerable to cyberbullying 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.”

The debate will be between University of the South Pacific (USP) and Fiji National University (FNU) on the topic “Should cyberspace be regulated to deal with fake news and cyberbullying?”

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