Martín Burt’s Best Kept Secret

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So I was recently taken by surprise when I discovered by mere coincidence that he had become the Chief of Staff for the Interim President of Paraguay, Federico Franco! A citizen of Paraguay, he is the founder of Fundación Paraguaya , a financially self-sustaining social enterprise that promotes entrepreneurs in Paraguay and Africa through microcredit and entrepreneurship education.

Breaking News on the Global Treaty from Kareem Dale

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The one incredibly newsworthy item was Kareem emailed me (during the meeting) a statement he drafted on the topic of the Global Treaty that was discussed in late May at the SCCR event at the World Intellectual Property Organization. Tags: Kareem Dale blind SCCR18 copyright Obama copyfight SCCR global library Bookshare WIPO Betsy Beaumon and I had the pleasure to meet today with Kareem Dale, the special assistant to the president for disability policy.

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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.

Copyright treaty in Geneva Advances!

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We've been supportive of an effort by the World Blind Union to get an international treaty in place that sets up a global system much like the one we have today in the United States. Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay joined together to propose that WIPO consider this treaty. Lots of excitement recently in Geneva at the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Reimagining the Power of One Billion Dollars

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What if we applied Joi’s agile, bottom-up innovation approach to the global development challenge posed by Chris? 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?”

Authorized Entities Trusted Intermediaries

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A hot topic at the SCCR20/WIPO discussions in Geneva on global access to materials by the print disabilities is the term "Trusted Intermediaries"("TIs"). This was first introduced (to my knowledge) in the Stakeholder's Platform discussions, which were the quickly ginned-up alternative option created in response to the original introduction at WIPO of the Treaty for the Visually Impaired ("TVI") by Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay (and now co-sponsored by Mexico).

Fascinating Meeting at the Copyright Office

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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). I pointed out that the disability community had just been part of negotiating the Global Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and that the community was experienced using a treaty approach to secure rights globally that in many cases had been in place in the richer countries.