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Kushal Chakrabarti, Founder and Co-Chairman of Vittana, Appointed Senior Advisor to Benetech Labs

Palo Alto, California, May 14, 2014—Benetech is pleased to announce that it has appointed technologist and social entrepreneur Kushal Chakrabarti as Senior Advisor to Benetech Labs, where the Benetech team and partners prototype, iterate, and test new software-for-good applications. Kushal is the founder and co-chairman of Vittana, an award-winning nonprofit that fights youth poverty in developing countries. Drawing on his experience as a serial entrepreneur, he will provide Benetech CEO, Jim Fruchterman, and the senior management team strategic guidance and insight on Benetech Labs.

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Heartbleed—How Has it Affected Martus?

On April 7, 2014, The Heartbleed Bug—a serious vulnerability in encryption technology used by most Web servers to secure communications over the Internet was announced. The good news is that the Martus servers (where all data is stored and backed up) are not affected by Heartbleed. The Martus Desktop client, too, was not affected by the Heartbleed bug. However, Android 4.1.1 is vulnerable. If you use Mobile Martus, we recommend you update Android, then delete and recreate your Martus Mobile account, so that a new private key is generated. If you are unable to update Android 4.1.1 we strongly suggest that you do not use Mobile Martus.

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Barron’s Profiles Jim Fruchterman and Benetech’s Social Enterprise Business Model

How do you bridge the breakthroughs of Silicon Valley with unmet social needs? Financial magazine Barron’s highlights this question in a story about CEO Jim Fruchterman, his founding of Benetech, the organization’s social enterprise business model, and the impact of its work on the lives of marginalized communities.

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Benetech Names Christy Chin as Chair of its Board of Directors

Palo Alto, California, April 28, 2014—Benetech has announced the appointment of Christy Chin as the Chair of its Board of Directors. Chin is a Managing Director at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation and has served as a member of Benetech’s Board of Directors since 2009. Chin succeeds longtime Chair and Benetech Founder, Jim Fruchterman.

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Benetech and ThoughtWorks Co-Host a Workshop on Secure Information Management and Data Collection

As we start to grasp the scope and scale of unchecked surveillance, it is clear that having the know-how to protect personal information and privacy is no longer something that only human rights activists need. That’s why our Human Rights Program is working to increase use of end-to-end, open source encryption among journalists, citizen reporters, and activists, as well as broad awareness of the self-empowerment that open technology can generate. Team members of the Benetech Human Rights Program have just hosted a two-day workshop in New York City, where they introduced Martus, Benetech’s open technology for secure information management.

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