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Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

On Monday morning, the 2004 National Book Award winners in fiction and nonfiction were made live on our site, providing rapid access to these books to readers with disabilities. In the fictional "The News from Paraguay," author Lily Tuck weaves romance and imperial ambitions into an intricate and imaginative portrait of life in 19th century Paraguay. News. has the ability to move quickly!

Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at WIPO

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Hot issue this week are the now four proposals on solving the problem of access to print by people with print disabilities globally: The TVI: the treaty sponsored originally by the World Blind Union and supported at WIPO by Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay and Mexico. [I I'm here in Geneva for the 20th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights meeting.


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Fascinating Meeting at the Copyright Office

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We believe that print disabled people should be able to buy accessible books at the same time and at the same price as nondisabled people. But, we’re not willing to lose the copyright exemption and let down the next two or three generations of print disabled people during the transition to equal access nirvana! The hot topic was the proposal made by Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay, for a global treaty (a treaty for which I was part of the expert drafting team).

Breaking News on the Global Treaty from Kareem Dale

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The following is the email I received from Kareem Dale in its entirety (and I have his permission to distribute it): Access to information and ideas is essential for personal and professional growth and full engagement in a democratic society. But engagement can be severely limited when information is not available in accessible formats. We are committed to furthering international efforts to enhance the access to copyrighted materials.

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Copyright treaty in Geneva Advances!

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Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay joined together to propose that WIPO consider this treaty. During the meeting in Geneva, there was worrisome rhetoric coming from the advocacy community, like the Boing Boing post USA, Canada and the EU attempt to kill treaty to protect blind people's access to written material. Lots of excitement recently in Geneva at the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Reimagining the Power of One Billion Dollars

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Self-assessment for the poor : Empower the poor to improve their lives with a simple assessment tool, the Poverty Stoplight, invented in Paraguay that helps them assess their poverty with 50 simple questions with three pictures showing the possible answers. “What would you do with a billion dollars to combat economic inequality?” asked Chris Anderson, head of TED, at the closing session of this year’s conference.

Meet the Nonprofit Hero Behind the Hardware: Charles Brennick

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Charles got interested in this type of charitable work while he served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay in the early 1990s. He saw firsthand the benefits that access to technology, especially computers and the Internet, have for remote organizations with limited resources. Each year, the electronics reuse community awards an annual lifetime achievement award at its Electronics Reuse Conference.

Posts from the Skoll World Forum

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I learned that my buddy Martin Burt was on the front line of a revolution in Paraguay when mayor of the capital city, by calling in garbage trucks and bulldozers to surround the congress building while the army was busy shooting people. Ann Cotton talked about why it is so crucial for girls to have access to education, and I learned even more about her drive for girls education in Africa.