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Hacking for Social Good: What are You Hacking on?

By posted in Benetech on August 15, 2017 at 12:01pm

The hackathon model might be great for the startup scene, but it’s not well adapted for the social impact space. One reason is that hackathons work best when engineers are given the opportunity to prototype new ideas, but the majority of nonprofits aren’t looking for prototypes of new ideas.

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The Impact: Software for Social Good

By posted in Benetech on July 6, 2017 at 9:31am

Accessibility is a company-wide priority for Microsoft, starting with the leadership level inspiring us to do the right thing with our products. It’s promoted through things like knowledge sharing workshops and accessibility conferences and events. Accessibility is a priority across our product areas.

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Benetech and United Ways of California Partner to Strengthen California’s Social Safety Net

By posted in Benetech, Press Releases, Announcements on June 28, 2017 at 9:00am

“We are excited to work with Benetech as a partner in efforts to transform the safety net here in California by expanding the reach and impact of health and human services data, and potentially increase our efficiency, enhance our sustainability, and expand the impact of our operations,” said Peter Manzo, president and CEO, United Ways of California. “Benetech has a long history of successful technology development for social good in California and around the world.”

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Benetech Establishes Global Certified Accessible Program to Ensure Content Serves All Students Equally

By posted in Benetech, Press Releases, Announcements on June 22, 2017 at 6:00am

Global Certified Accessible ensures students unable to read standard print due to blindness, low vision, dyslexia, or a physical disability have equal access to the same content as their peers. The program has a global footprint in order to serve students around the world. Benetech developed the certification standards and serves as the lead certification provider for North America. Dedicon provides certification for mainland Europe, Royal National Institute of Blind People for the United Kingdom, and Vision Australia for Australasia.

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Access to Information is a Universal Human Right

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Global Literacy on June 13, 2017 at 12:45pm

In new book, Jim Fruchterman explains how accessible ebooks help people with disabilities obtain education, employment, and social inclusion “We want the right to read the same book at the same time, price, and place as everyone else.” This simple statement from the disability community sets forth the challenges of making books accessible. According to […]

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Ebook Procurement Must Serve All Students

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Global Literacy on May 24, 2017 at 9:27am

Digital content is on the rise in classrooms across the country. Much of this content comes in the form of ebooks. Unfortunately, not all ebooks are accessible to students unable to read standard print due to low vision, blindness, or dyslexia. Procurement staff—either at the state or school-district level—must know what to look for in order to identify and procure content that works for all students.

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Benetech Empowers Social Services Agencies to Better Serve Constituents Through Shared Data Platforms

By posted in Press Releases, Announcements on May 18, 2017 at 9:00am

“There are millions of people in the United States who struggle to access the services that can help them most,” said Anh Bui, vice president, Benetech. “Data about those services is locked in fragmented and redundant silos across thousands of human services organizations and referral providers. These costly and ineffective data silos make it difficult for service providers to connect clients with the services they need. Benetech’s new data platform approach is designed to break down these data silos.”

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The Impact: Software for Social Good

By posted in Benetech, Benetech Labs on May 8, 2017 at 11:16am

Welcome to The Impact, our blog series that spotlights thought leaders pioneering the software for social good ecosystem. At Benetech, we know that the social sector must embrace the power of software and data to realize positive, lasting impact at scale. 

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Benetech’s Communities are the Engines that Power Our Work

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Human Rights Program, Global Literacy, Benetech Labs, DIAGRAM, Code Alliance on April 26, 2017 at 3:46pm

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes and contribute in a myriad of ways. At Benetech, we rely on an army of volunteers, advisors, mentors, ambassadors, experts, working groups, and community leaders to help us achieve our mission, which is to empower communities by creating scalable technology solutions. Without their collective expertise and skills, the reach and impact of our work would not be as great. Thank you to all of the volunteers and community members who advance our software for social good mission.

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A Reasonably Secure Future

By posted in Benetech, Human Rights Program, Martus on March 28, 2017 at 9:41am

For the last five years, I’ve traveled around the world training human rights defenders to use technology to more securely collect, store, and share sensitive data. The individuals and groups I work with face serious and complex digital threats that are difficult to detect. Some are aware of such threats and have taken precautions, while others are just gaining awareness and starting their search for solutions. To get a sense of where a specific audience fits on this spectrum, I often introduce the digital threat conversation by asking the room: “Show of hands: who here has a sticker covering their webcam?”

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