Information Policy

Current Projects
The American Assembly is pleased to be an organizer of the 3rd Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, December 9-13, 2013.   The Global Congress provides a forum for discussing and advancing evidence-based, public-interest in...
The American Assembly is the home of the new Open Syllabus Project (OSP), an effort to build the first large-scale online database of university course syllabi as a platform for the development of new research, teaching, and administrative tools. The OSP will provide new ways of understanding...
Past Projects
"That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening the...
In the wake of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) debate of 2012, Copy Culture in the US and Germany reported on attitudes and practices surrounding digital media consumption and intellectual property rights.  The January 2013 study drew from over 3,000 German and American surveys and revealed...
Media Piracy in Emerging Economies is the first independent, large-scale study of music, film and software piracy in emerging economies, with a focus on Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico and Bolivia. Based on three years of work by some thirty-five researchers, Media Piracy in Emerg...
After convening over 180 international experts on the subject of public interest and intellectual property law and policy, the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest concluded that international intellectual property policy affects a broad range of interests within ...
In the wake of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) debate of 2012, Copy Culture in the US and Germany garnered wide international media coverage, becoming a common reference point in discussions about the role of Internet filtering.  The Google-funded comparative study of media consumption, acq...
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Tamar Shapiro


Tamar Shapiro is the President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress, where she promotes neighborhood revitalization through creative reuse of vacant and abandoned property.  Formerly with the U.S. German Marshall Fund and Smart Growth America, she attended the Assembly on "Reinventing America's Legacy Cities" in Detroit.