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Benetech and Lighthouse Guild Announce New Program Offering Free Ebooks to Students Who Are Visually Impaired

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Bookshare, Global Literacy on February 1, 2017 at 4:35am

The new Spotlight Gateway program is able to provide Bookshare for free to qualifying students via an existing award from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. What do people miss most when they lose their vision? They miss seeing their families, and they miss having unlimited access to information of all kinds, […]

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Bookshare Members Now Have Access to Over 500,000 Ebooks

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Bookshare, Bookshare International, Global Literacy on January 12, 2017 at 1:18pm

On November 29, 2016, Bookshare hit a momentous milestone when it passed the mark of 500,000 titles in its collection. That means that people unable to read standard print now have access to 500,000 ebooks in various formats to suit their individual needs.

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Introducing Martus 5.2.0

By posted in Benetech, Human Rights Program, Martus on November 28, 2016 at 7:50am

Martus, a Benetech initiative, today unveiled product updates to further empower human rights defenders to document and analyze data in the pursuit of justice and policy reform. Based on feedback from Martus users in over 50 countries, updates include the ability to easily create customized forms for data collection, to export Martus data into various file formats for data analysis, and to import multiple Martus records at a time for richer datasets.

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Benetech Announces Greg Bloom as Strategic Advisor to Benetech Labs

By posted in Benetech, Benetech Labs on November 17, 2016 at 2:19pm

Benetech Labs, Benetech’s product development arm, is always on the lookout for partners and collaborators to help us achieve the next big impact. With that goal in mind, we are pleased to announce that Greg Bloom of Open Referral has joined Benetech as a Labs Strategic Advisor in the social service referral field. He will help us engage the community to design and build core infrastructure and products that make it easier for information about social services to reach the people who need it most.

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Kevin Lo and Jennifer McFarlane Join Benetech Board of Directors

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Press Releases on October 13, 2016 at 9:00am

Benetech, the leading nonprofit empowering communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, today announced the appointment of Kevin Lo and Jennifer McFarlane to its Board of Directors. Lo and McFarlane join amid rapid expansion of Benetech’s Global Literacy and Human Rights Programs in addition to increased investments in Benetech Labs to identify and scale the next big social impact technology.

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Bringing Literacy to Suraj and His Classmates in India

By posted in Benetech, Bookshare International, Global Literacy on October 11, 2016 at 2:42pm

Meet Suraj. He is eight years old and in the third standard at the School for Blind Boys in Bhosari, a suburb of Pune, in the Maharashtra state of India. He is passionate about playing cricket and chess and wants to have an elephant for a pet. His father, Hanumanta Jadav, is a farmer in […]

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Benetech’s Code Alliance Connects Communities for Social Impact

By posted in Benetech, Benetech Labs, Code Alliance (previously SocialCoding4Good) on October 4, 2016 at 8:41am

About a year ago, I joined the Benetech Labs’ team to learn more about the role technology plays in improving people’s lives. Benetech has been actively working in this space since 1989, when Jim Fruchterman first founded the organization. Jim’s goal was to improve machine reading and recognition systems and build software for people that […]

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Benetech Appoints Keith Hiatt to Vice President of Human Rights Program

By posted in Benetech, Human Rights Program, Martus, Press Releases on September 29, 2016 at 9:00am

Benetech, the leading nonprofit empowering communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, today announced the appointment of human rights technology and policy pioneer Keith Hiatt to the position of Vice President of Benetech’s Human Rights Program. Hiatt will lead Benetech’s efforts to empower human rights defenders aroundKeith Hiatt Headshot the world by providing technology solutions and capacity building.

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Benetech Labs: Exploring New Strategies for Diversifying Innovation

By posted in Benetech, Benetech Labs on September 26, 2016 at 8:29am

Benetech Labs, Benetech’s new product development arm, is on a mission to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change by engaging with communities, other technologists, and nonprofits in order to achieve lasting impact. One of the best ways to ensure that the technology we build follows a human-centered design approach is to gain […]

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Benetech Delivers 10 Million Accessible Ebooks

By posted in Benetech, Global Literacy, Press Releases on September 20, 2016 at 1:47pm

Benetech’s Bookshare technology makes reading possible for over 425,000 individuals unable to read standard print Empowers students and adults to succeed in school, work and social inclusion PALO ALTO, Calif. — Sept. 20, 2016 — Benetech, the leading nonprofit empowering communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, today announced that over 10 million accessible […]

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