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Jim Fruchterman
Works at Benetech
Attended California Institute of Technology
Lives in Palo Alto, CA
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The Benetech team was delighted to receive major funding from +Google.org to use technology to help human rights groups! Looking forward to increasing respect for human rights.
Nonprofits are changing the world and we're proud to support them. At Google, we drive impact by providing technology and grants, as well as opportunities for Googlers to give back.
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12 year old blind girl performs her Christmas song: nice!
www.emmanuellelo.com emmanuelle ©2011 Stoneagle Music This Christmas, friends and family (disguised as musicians, producers and designers) helped my 12 year ...
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Awesome reviews!
John McChesney-Young originally shared:
 
"Accept no substitutes when casually repressing students, November 21, 2011

"This review is from: Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream, 1.3% Red Band/1.3% Blue Band Pepper Spray (Misc.)

"Whenever I need to breezily inflict discipline on unruly citizens, I know I can trust Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream, 1.3% Red Band/1.3% Blue Band Pepper Spray to get the job done! The power of reason is no match for Defense Technology's superior repression power. When I reach for my can of Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream, 1.3% Red Band/1.3% Blue Band Pepper Spray, I know that even the mighty First Amendment doesn't stand a chance against its many scovil units of civil rights suppression.

"When I feel threatened by students, no matter how unarmed, peaceful and seated they may be, I know that Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream, 1.3% Red Band/1.3% Blue Band Pepper Spray has got my back as I casually spray away at point blank range.

"It really is the Cadillac of citizen repression technology.

"Buy a whole case!"
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This is huge. UK government announces a profound change in direction on copyright: new and wider exceptions, protected access to orphan works, but no country-wide ISP blocking regime. Key quote: "[T]he widest possible exceptions to copyright within the existing EU framework are likely to be beneficial to the UK." This will position the UK to increase economic growth, innovation, and entrepreneurship, as well as scholarship and creative expression.
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Wow. Somehow I'm thinking that this isn't going to spread to the US.
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Yes, I agree, Dave. Just wanted to add two specific ones!
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SOPA will be all collateral damage, I fear - Jim Fruchterman gives two examples of how Benetech might be unjustly affected.
Benetech, is a leading nonprofit organization based in Silicon Valley. We write software for people with disabilities as well as human rights and environmental groups. We’re against piracy, and have made commitments to authors and publishers to encourage compliance with copyright law. So, we shouldn’t have anything to fear from a bill entitled “Stop Online Piracy Act,” right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. We’re getting very worried that our...
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Jim at Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference
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Thanks to Brett for the photos!
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Just saw The Help, screened by the Skoll Foundation and Participant Media. Awesome movie! http://t.co/u3TynFe
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Thanks for the review! I just read the book and it was wonderful.
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See that tech really serves humanity!
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Social entrepreneurship
Employment
  • Benetech
    CEO, 1989 - present
  • RAF Technology, Inc.
    Founder, 1989 - 2014
  • Calera Recognition Systems, Inc. (now part of Nuance)
    Founder, VP, 1982 - 1989
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Palo Alto, CA
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Arlington Heights, IL - Washington, DC - Pasadena, CA - Scarsdale, NY - Youngstown, OH - Palo Alto, CA
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Geek serving society
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Social entrepreneur, engineer, MacArthur Fellow, Skoll Fellow, Schwab Fellow.  Geek serving society.
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I have actually helped blow up a large rocket (not on purpose), so yes, I am a rocket scientist!
Education
  • California Institute of Technology
    BS Eng, 1976 - 1980
  • California Institute of Technology
    MS Applied Physics, 1978 - 1980
  • Stanford University
    EE (doctoral studies), 1980 - 1981
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James R. Fruchterman