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BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, November 14 2012

Around the web

International

  • A number of European unions are coordinating a Europe-wide strike and protest against austerity today with the motto #14N.

  • The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Cuban authorities to drop charges against a writer for an anti-Castro website that was reporting on detentions of government opponents and criticism of the country's response to Hurricane Sandy.

  • The new head of BBC News is asking staff not to tweet about the broadcasters' internal problems.

  • The Washington Post explored Russia's new "secret" Internet blacklist.

  • The tax authority in Hamburg has revoked the 2010 tax-exempt authority of a main financial supporter of Wikileaks.

  • The head of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce said that every third company is looking to add more IT personnel 2013, and that the industry is having trouble finding qualified workers.

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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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