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When you have reliable, constant access to running water, it can be difficult to conceive of the daily lives of those who do not. The same is true of access to electricity, the internet, adequate bandwidth, and this year’s smartphone or laptop. And yet, billions of people who Silicon Valley should serve live in technology ecosystems very different from those inhabited by software designers.
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?”
Sunanda Yeshwanth Kale helps students succeed at reading and life Most of us can recall a favorite teacher who inspired us to study hard, overcome challenges, and do our best. One teacher who exemplifies this attitude is Sunanda Yeshwanth Kale, a teacher of the visually impaired at Jagriti School for Blind Girls in Alandi Devachi […]
Betsy Beaumon is a 2017 honoree of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence award program that shines the spotlight on local businesswomen, community leaders, and philanthropists who are a force in the region.
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Benetech’s Founder & CEO, Jim Fruchterman, recently spoke at Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Conference: From Possibilities to Responsibilities.
Assistive technology — whether it’s a mobile app or a modified wheelchair — can transform the lives of people with disabilities. The latest in the field of assistive technology will be the focus of the world’s largest gathering of people who develop or use assistive technology, taking place at the 32nd Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference from February 27-March 3 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The Benetech team is excited to have a significant presence at the conference and showcase the latest developments in three key initiatives dedicated to making literacy accessible to all.
Benetech and Lighthouse Guild Announce New Program Offering Free Ebooks to Students Who Are Visually Impaired
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, […]
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.
By Deep Datta, Community Manager, Head of Technical Communities, Benetech Labs | Code Alliance posted in Code Alliance (previously SocialCoding4Good), Benetech Labs on December 21, 2016 at 12:25pm
In the summer of 2016, the Washington, D.C.-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law asked Benetech to find open source developers to build new technology features for Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition that monitors elections across the United States. Our Vote Live, funded by a grant from the Kapor Center […]
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.