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Benetech Human Rights Program and Access Examine Digital Security for LGBTI Activists in Sub-Saharan Africa

By posted in Human Rights Program on April 18, 2014 at 3:38pm

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen rising levels of homophobia over the last several months. Amidst the changing climate of restrictive, “anti-gay” laws that have swept the region, local LGBTI activists are facing new types of risks and threats, yet digital security literacy among LGBTI activists in the region remains quite low. That’s why a joint team from our Human Rights Program and from Access organized a workshop and a digital security health clinic focused on improving digital security for LGBTI activists in sub-Saharan Africa. In a joint blog post published on the Access blog, they report from the field.

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Volunteering for Social Change

By posted in Benetech on April 18, 2014 at 12:13pm

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? We’d like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank Benetech’s fantastic community of dedicated volunteers who amplify the positive impact we make in the lives of our beneficiaries. In this post, we’ll highlight the wonderful contributions of our student volunteers from Brigham Young University, who regularly meet to describe Bookshare textbook images, as well as the impact created through our SocialCoding4Good initiative that operates at the hub of technology-for-good volunteer engagement.

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Digital Equity and Individual Rights in the Age of Big Data: Highlights from the Skoll World Forum

By posted in Benetech on April 11, 2014 at 10:26am

How can we maximize the positive aspects of the data revolution for social change while managing its potential downsides? This was the main theme of the panel, Digital Equity and Rights in the Age of Big Data at this year’s annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. Benetech CEO, Jim Fruchterman, joined Skoll Global Threats Fund’s Larry Brilliant, the Economist’s Kenneth Cukier, UN Global Pulse’s Miguel Luengo-Oroz, and moderator Emily Kasriel of BBC Global News’ and Oxford’s Said Business School for a dynamic discussion yesterday.

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Reuters Article on Jim Fruchterman’s Big Data Panel at Skoll World Forum

By posted in Benetech on April 10, 2014 at 12:15pm

Reporting from Oxford, England, where the Skoll World Forum is underway, a Reuters article quotes CEO Jim Fruchterman’s discussion during a Forum’s session that focused on the promise and peril of big data. “As non-governmental organizations and social enterprises gather data on the communities and people they help,” she cites Jim, “they need to be keenly aware that ‘we should treat other people’s data the way we want our data treated.”

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Microsoft Supports Benetech to Make Math Accessible; Advancing Equal Education for All Students

By posted in Global Literacy, Press Releases on April 3, 2014 at 4:00pm

Palo Alto, California, April 7, 2014—Benetech is one of three U.S. nonprofit organizations to win Microsoft’s Solutions for Good award—which funds the development of MathML Cloud, a cloud-based app that automatically creates accurate images and image descriptions of mathematical expressions, while retaining the detailed math markup for reference. This service will provide access to math for students who have visual disabilities or learning differences, thus enabling them properly to study math concepts critical for successful Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

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Serendipity at TED2014, Jim Fruchterman’s Huffington Post Op-Ed

By posted in Benetech on April 3, 2014 at 2:01pm

What could we do with a billion dollars invested in a global campaign aimed at helping the world’s poorest communities? CEO Jim Fruchterman returned from this year’s TED conference with exciting ideas in response to this challenge. On Huffington Post, he explains what sparked his thoughts on this topic.

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Choosing the Legal Structure for a Social Enterprise, Jim Fruchterman Offers Guidance in New CSRwire Op-Ed

By posted in Benetech on April 2, 2014 at 1:08pm

Aspiring social entrepreneurs often grapple with the question of what type of legal structure they should create—a nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid. This is one of the topics that CEO Jim Fruchterman will be discussing at the upcoming Social Enterprise Alliance Summit 14. In his newly authored CSRwire op-ed ahead of the Summit, Jim offers guidance to social entrepreneurs through the issues they need to consider before they determine the legal form of their new venture.

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Enrique Piracés’ Cyber Dialogue Op-Ed on Human Rights Technology in the Age of Hyper-Surveillance

By posted in Human Rights Program on March 28, 2014 at 3:26pm

After Snowden, Whither Internet Freedom? This is the theme set for the fourth annual Cyber Dialogue conference on March 30-31, 2014, where VP of Human Rights Enrique Piracés will be speaking. To preview his discussion, Enrique has published an op-ed on human rights technology in the age of hyper-surveillance on the Cyber Dialogue blog.

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Q & A: Benetech’s Anh Bui on Global Literacy Product Strategy and Innovation

By posted in Global Literacy on March 28, 2014 at 10:10am

For this installment of our Q & A with Staff series, we sat down with Anh Bui, Director of Product Strategy for the Benetech Global Literacy Program, and Director of the DIAGRAM Center. Q: You’re wearing two hats at Benetech—could you explain to our readers what your job on both Global Literacy product strategy and […]

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It’s Only About Copyright!

By posted in Bookshare on March 26, 2014 at 2:44pm

Which students qualify for Bookshare in the United States? This is an important question for American students with disabilities, since Bookshare is the largest online library designed to provide accessible eBooks to people who cannot read standard print. The answer: it’s only about copyright.

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