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Brad Templeton (born June 1960 near Toronto) is a Canadian software developer, internet entrepreneur, online community pioneer, publisher of news, comedy, science fiction and e-books, writer, photographer, civil rights advocate, futurist, public speaker, educator and self-driving car consultant. He graduated from the University of Waterloo.[1]

Notable projects

ClariNet

Most notably, Templeton was founder and CEO in 1989 of ClariNet Communications, the first company[2] founded to engage in commercial activity over the early Internet.[3]

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Templeton has been involved with the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 1997, including being chairman from 2000 to 2010.[4] His involvement in online civil rights also includes being subject of one of the first major internet bans[5] and being a plaintiff before the Supreme Court of the United States in Reno v. ACLU[6] Templeton's strongest efforts have been in the areas of free speech, computer security, privacy and intellectual property.

rec.humor.funny and USENET

Templeton played an active role over the life of Usenet, including the development of software tools for it. His most notable activities involved the creation and moderation of the newsgroup "rec.humor.funny" a moderated newsgroup devoted to comedy. USENET statistics reported by Brian Reid reported rec.humor.funny as the most widely read online publication starting in 1989, continuing in that position into the mid-1990s,[7] with an estimated 440,000 readers.

Software career

Templeton began as the first employee of VisiCorp (then called Personal Software Inc.) the first PC applications software company, where he published several games and tools and assisted on Visicalc the first spreadsheet and personal computing productivity tool. He also developed the IBM-PC version of the VisiPlot companion before release of the PC. He was CEO and Founder of Looking Glass Software Ltd. in Ontario. His software specialty has been languages, tools and spreadsheets, as well as software for USENET.

e-Books

Templeton was editor and publisher for ClariNet's Hugo and Nebula Anthology 1993,[8] one of the largest early commercial e-Book

Most notably, Templeton was founder and CEO in 1989 of ClariNet Communications, the first company[2] founded to engage in commercial activity over the early Internet.[3]

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Templeton has been involved with the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 1997, including being chairman from 2000 to 2010.[4] His involvement in online civil rights also includes being subject of one of the first major internet bans[5] and being a plaintiff before the Supreme Court of the United States in Reno v. ACLU[6] Templeton's strongest efforts have been in the areas of free speech, computer security, privacy and intellectual property.

rec.humor.funny and USENET

Templeton played an active role over the life of Usenet, including the development of software tools for it. His most notable activities involved the creation and moderation of the newsgroup "rec.humor.funny" a moderated newsgroup devoted to comedy. USENET statistics reported by Brian Reid reported rec.humor.funny as the most widely read online publication starting in 1989, continuing in that position into the mid-1990s,[7] with an estimated 440,000 readers.

Software career

Templeton began as the first employee of VisiCorp (then called Personal Software Inc.) the first PC applications software company, where he published several games and tools and assisted on Visicalc the first spreadsheet and personal computing productivity tool. He also developed the IBM-PC version of the VisiPlot companion before release of the PC. He was CEO and Founder of Looking Glass Software Ltd. in Ontario. His software specialty has been languages, too

Templeton has been involved with the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 1997, including being chairman from 2000 to 2010.[4] His involvement in online civil rights also includes being subject of one of the first major internet bans[5] and being a plaintiff before the Supreme Court of the United States in Reno v. ACLU[6] Templeton's strongest efforts have been in the areas of free speech, computer security, privacy and intellectual property.

rec.humor.funny and USENET

Templeton

Templeton played an active role over the life of Usenet, including the development of software tools for it. His most notable activities involved the creation and moderation of the newsgroup "rec.humor.funny" a moderated newsgroup devoted to comedy. USENET statistics reported by Brian Reid reported rec.humor.funny as the most widely read online publication starting in 1989, continuing in that position into the mid-1990s,[7] with an estimated 440,000 readers.

Software career

Templeton began as the first e

Templeton began as the first employee of VisiCorp (then called Personal Software Inc.) the first PC applications software company, where he published several games and tools and assisted on Visicalc the first spreadsheet and personal computing productivity tool. He also developed the IBM-PC version of the VisiPlot companion before release of the PC. He was CEO and Founder of Looking Glass Software Ltd. in Ontario. His software specialty has been languages, tools and spreadsheets, as well as software for USENET.

e-Books

Templeton was editor

Templeton was editor and publisher for ClariNet's Hugo and Nebula Anthology 1993,[8] one of the largest early commercial e-Book projects. It offered 5 full novels still in hardback release, along with a wide array of short fiction and multimedia. In later years, it has become the norm for the administrators of the Hugo Award to produce an annual digital anthology of award nominees.

This was an adjunct of the "Library of Tomorrow" project, which offered a full library of fiction on an "all you can read" subscription basis.[9] The library failed, but presaged many similar attempts to sell online co

This was an adjunct of the "Library of Tomorrow" project, which offered a full library of fiction on an "all you can read" subscription basis.[9] The library failed, but presaged many similar attempts to sell online content by subscription.

Since 2004, Templeton has been a board member of the Foresight Institute,[10] one of the oldest futurist organizations and the leading one in the field of Nanotechnology.

Singularity UniversityTempleton joined the founding faculty for Singularity University, an educational institution and think-tank devoted to rapidly changing technology and its effects. Since 2010 he has been Chair for Networks and Computing on that faculty.[11]

Robocars

Templeton has been a keynote speaker at many conferences and ev

Templeton has been a keynote speaker at many conferences and events, including Wired UK,[15] Pioneers Festival Vienna,[16] University of British Columbia Master Mind Class,[17] Web Summit,[18] Next Berlin,[19] The Next Web Amsterdam,[20] Ontario Centres of Excellence Toronto,[21] USI Paris,[22] Australian Unix Users Group (AUUG) Sydney,[23] Korean Global Leaders Forum,[24] CLSA Forum Hong Kong and Tokyo,[25] Baidu Big Talk, Beijing,[26] Singularity Summit Chile[27] (also Buenos Aires, Christchurch, Budapest, Seville, Johannesburg, Milan, Amsterdam, Berlin and Copenhagen) and Innotown Norway.[28]

Software and book Bibliography

Templeton is the son of Charles Templeton and Sylvia Murphy, and the brother of Ty Templeton.

See also

References

  1. ^ Templeton, Brad (2001-12-21). "I Remember USENET". O'Reilly Media. Retrieved 2008-06-03.