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IMCO NAMED REGIONAL FINALIST IN #GOOGLEORG 2017 CHALLENGE FOR DIGITAL LAWYER PROJECT

October 19, 2017

In 2016, Mexico was host to an estimated 31.1 million crimes. According to a startling statistic from Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography, 9 out of 10 victims of a crime do not report it. Seeking to combat Mexico’s culture of impunity, the Instituto Mexicano de la Competitividad (IMCO) has designed Norma, a digital tool that will guide citizens through the process of reporting a crime via text message.

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PRIME NEARS A WIN FOR REFORMING PAKISTAN'S TAX CODE

October 19, 2017

Pakistan’s tax code is inefficient, cumbersome, and enforced by a bloated bureaucracy, which is why the Islamabad-based Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME) has long advocated for a changed tax structure. PRIME’s most recent campaign, Aik Tax (“single tax”), advocates for a lower, flatter, and more predictable system of taxation that would unleash Pakistan’s entrepreneurial potential.

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DEFENDING DEMOCRACY THROUGH SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

October 19, 2017

“Illiberalism is on the rise, in fledgling and well-established democracies alike. At this turbulent time in global affairs, engaging communities in the protection of individual freedoms is critical,” says Alex Gladstein, the Human Rights Foundation's (HRF) chief strategy officer. “At this turbulent time in global affairs, engaging communities in the protection of individual freedoms is critical. In recognition of this reality, HRF and Atlas Network cosponsored a panel at the 2017 Oslo Freedom Forum entitled “How to Build a Movement Against Illiberalism.” The panel focused on the rise of populism and illiberalism in Western democracies and how civil society organizations can mobilize to respond to these threats more effectively.

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2017 LIGHTS, CAMERA, LIBERTY FINALISTS NAMED FROM NEPAL, IDAHO, ARGENTINA

October 19, 2017

The Lights, Camera, Liberty! program is a grant and training opportunity that Atlas Network offers to U.S. and international partners, helping organizations transform the way they market messages through online video. This year’s winner will be announced at Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner, November 7-8, 2017. The three finalists for 2017 are Bikalpa, an Alternative; the Idaho Freedom Foundation; and Libertad y Progreso.

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ALUMNI IN FOCUS: PATRICK MARDINI

October 18, 2017

“People in Lebanon suffer from an average of 12 hours of rolling blackouts every day,” said Patrick Mardini, founder and president of the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (LIMS). “It’s not reasonable to make illegal the production of a service that people need,” said an entrepreneur he recently met. Mardini is tackling this problem head-on, and is Atlas Network’s latest Alumni in Focus.

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A LOOK BACK AT 2017’S REGIONAL LIBERTY AWARDS

October 17, 2017

Made possible by a generous grant from The John Templeton Foundation, Atlas Network brings together friends of the worldwide freedom movement in Regional Liberty Forums to learn from one another how to effectively advance free societies, the rule of law, free enterprise, and protections of private property.

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IEE CASE STUDY BOASTS LATIN AMERICA’S SUPER BOWL OF LIBERALISM

October 13, 2017

What started as a handful of young entrepreneurs gathering 200 people in an auditorium has evolved into a convention unlike any other, spanning six days of events with an attendance of over 6,000. And now, the Instituto de Estudos Empresariais’s Fórum da Liberdade has become Latin America’s Super Bowl of Liberalism.

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LFMI WINS BIG ON POLICY TO BENEFIT CONSUMERS, LIMIT EXCESSIVE GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE IN LITHUANIA

October 13, 2017

The creation and expansion of inefficient municipal enterprises in Lithuania puts economic strain on the taxpayers who have to support them, and hinders the development of innovations that could improve upon the services they offer. That’s why the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) worked diligently to champion a policy requiring that any proposed establishment or expansion of a municipal enterprise be presented to a Lithuanian Competition Council. Now, before a proposal is confirmed, the Council must determine if the new enterprise is already provided by the market or could be more efficiently delivered by the private sector.

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