CEO’s Update: Fall 2014

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

More and more of my time is spent around both raising money and raising awareness of how much more could be done with technology to increase social impact. Revelations about government interception of these confidential stories has caused us to redouble our efforts to lower the barrier to the use of strong, secure crypto software like Martus. My personal goal is to channel the aspirations of the technology community to do more social good.

Using Photography to Change the World: An Interview with Paola Gianturco

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A high school English teacher in Zimbabwe, whose name is Betty Makoni , began hearing stories from her students after school, that they had been raped. The children are ages 6-16, and they're making huge strides by leading a national movement against child rape in Zimbabwe. The little girls are part of a culture, the Shona culture in Zimbabwe, as maybe you know, uses poetry. There are no men in Zimbabwe who are immune to these girls' attention.

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Martin Luther King Day - Let Freedom Ring

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And here I was in this small town in Ohio, the white father of a 9-month old African-American baby, becoming aware of my own racism. We see the tragic consequences when fear and hatred win out over the Golden Rule in places like the Middle East, Iran, North Korea, Darfur, Zimbabwe, and Myanmar. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I''d direct you to Let Freedom Ring , written by Stan Stahl (and included below.)

Empowering Women Citizen Journalists: An Interview with Cristi Hegranes

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So often, government control, or just lack of access to information and media, prevents people from really being able to be educated and informed about serious issues that are going on around them. That is also very valuable for us, for more media outlets to be aware of our content, and what we are producing. We have $2 donors out of Zimbabwe and $20,000 donors out of San Francisco. "Now, 18 months later, all of Juana's children are in school.

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