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! Martín has worked tirelessly to disseminate the social innovations he has created in Paraguay throughout the world.

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. Each year, the electronics reuse community awards an annual lifetime achievement award at its Electronics Reuse Conference.

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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. Bookshare.org News. Bookshare.org has the ability to move quickly! On Monday morning, the 2004 National Book Award winners in fiction and nonfiction were made live on our Bookshare.org site, providing rapid access to these books to readers with disabilities.

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

Copyright treaty in Geneva Advances!

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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. 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. I was part of an expert panel that drafted the original proposed treaty.

Authorized Entities Trusted Intermediaries

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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). 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").

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.

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). Last Friday I spent almost two and a half hours in a wide-ranging conversation with Maria Pallante of the Copyright Office (and two other folks whose full names I didn't write down). I came away with a much better understanding of the issues they are exploring and certainly did my part to articulate why I support the positions we have.