O'Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference - January 31 - February 2, 2006 - San Francisco, CA
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Brad Templeton
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Brad Templeton was founder and publisher at ClariNet Communications Corp., the #1 internet-based electronic newspaper publisher, until selling it to Newsedge Corporation in 1997. ClariNet gathers information from a variety of sources including major newswires such as UPI and the AP and edits it into a constantly updated package that is sent to subscriber's computers over the Internet, to be read on their own machines. It was the first company formed to provide services over the Internet.

Templeton has been active in the computer network community since 1979. He participated in the building and growth of USENET from its earliest days--including being one of the first to set up an international link--and in 1987 he founded and edited a special edited USENET conference devoted to comedy. This newsgroup, named "rec.humor.funny" became the most widely read computerized conference in the world, demonstrating the popularity and marketability of edited information. It now also exists on the web site www.netfunny.com

He is currently CEO of Caller App Inc., a new startup aimed at reinventing the phone call, merging the visions of telephony, email, and presence.

Templeton was the first employee of Personal Software/Visicorp, which was the first major microcomputer applications software company. He is also the author of a dozen packaged microcomputer software products, including VisiPlot for the IBM-PC, the compressor in Stuffit--the world's most widely used Macintosh application, various games, popular tools and utilities for Commodore computers, special Pascal and Basic programming environments (ALICE) designed for education, an add-in spreadsheet compiler (3-2-1 Blastoff) for Lotus 1-2-3 (picked by PC World as one of the top software products of 1987), and various network related software tools.

Templeton also published in 1993 a CD-ROM containing the largest anthology of current fiction made to date. ClariNet's experiment in electronic books gathered all the material nominated for science fiction's top awards in one place, in time for award voters to use it as a resource.

He is chairman of the board of directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a longtime writer on cyberspace issues. The EFF, founded in 1990, is devoted to civil rights online, in particular free speech and encryption rights. He is an angel investor and advisor to internet startups.

He is also on the board of the Foresight Institute for Nanotech, the premier advocacy group and think-tank for issues relating to Molecular Nanotechnology, founded by K. Eric Drexler.

Via ClariNet, He was a plaintiff in the case to get the USA's Communications Decency Act successfully overturned in the Supreme Court.

He also does fine-art panoramic landscape photography. For this and other projects, he is a popular artist at the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada.

He was born in 1960, grew up near Toronto and now lives in Silicon Valley in California. He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo. Full information can be found at his web site.

  Brad Templeton


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