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The Center For Copyright Information's New Chief Jill Lesser On Top ISPs' New "Copyright Alert" System

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, April 5 2012

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The Center for Copyright Information is an organization that was formed through a memorandum of understanding last September between the two biggest U.S. music and entertainment industry associations and the country's leading ISPs. The group is dedicated to implementing a cooperative effort it is calling the Copyright Alert System (“CAS”), with the hope of discouraging online copyright infringement through a series of online notifications. You can read more about the initial details of the system here. Its chief, Jill Lesser, is a veteran of the ongoing intellectual property clashes between content companies and Internet industry. In an edited Q&A with techPresident, she explains more about how ISPs and the content lobby hope the Copyright Alert System will work. Read More

A New Online Copyright Violation Alert System Starts Taking Shape With Citizen Advocates On Board

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, April 2 2012

Americans accessing the Internet through five of the top service providers may start receiving "copyright alerts" in the near future, as a new organization called the Center for Copyright Information develops a new operational framework designed to make individuals aware that their potentially illegal activities online are being monitored. Read More

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Beyond @Congressedits, Capitol Hill Looks for Entry to Wikipedia

As he recently told techPresident, the creator of Congressedits did not aim to make Members of Congress look bad, but said he hoped that they would recognize the importance of Wikipedia as a public space and engage more with its community. "If staffers and politicians identified as Wikipedians, that would be super. You could imagine politicians' home pages with a list of their recent edits, that they would be proud of the things that they are doing." On Capitol Hill, there is in fact interest in making that vision a reality, starting off with an initial conversation that could create a framework for more Wikipedians in Congress. GO

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In the Philippines, Citizens Go Undercover With Bantay to Monitor Public Offices

The Philippines, a country of almost 100 million, is considered among the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia, despite a boost in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index in the past few years (from 134th in 2010 to 94th in 2013 out of 175.) Corruption involves all levels of government, but benefits also from a mindset of tolerance, says Happy Feraren, the co-founder of Bantay.ph, an anti-corruption educational initiative that teaches citizens how to monitor the quality of government services, sometimes by going undercover. GO

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