Prof. Dr. Edda Müller
1. Does the world market society promote or obstruct the achievement of global humanitarian living conditions?
The global trade regulations agreed on under the WTO impede humanitarian living conditions by safeguarding against the transparency of the social and ecological manufacturing conditions of goods.
2. How much privacy do we have left between government surveillance and commercial data collection, and what is that privacy worth to us?
Today the danger that ‘Big Data’ poses to normal citizens is more through the data that the economic and financial sectors collect for marketing purposes and for the drawing up of risk profiles than through the misuse of private data for government purposes. Citizens, especially in their capacity as consumers, should learn how to actively protect their privacy.
3. Has the world market society led to new forms of human trafficking, or does it instead represent an opportunity to implement international standards for decent and humane labour conditions?
Workers, trade unions, and civil society forces in the affected countries must fight for the creation of decent and humane labour conditions – similarly to in the early days of capitalism in the old industrialised states. Creating these conditions is, in this respect, part of a process of democratisation. Responsible consumers can and must help in this. However, reforming the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and more transparency with regard to the ‘inner values’ of goods and services are necessary for this.