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Richard Stallman launched the Free Software Movement in 1983 and began development of the GNU operating system in 1984. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer award, the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, and other honors. He has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.
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Raymond Kurzweil is a Director of Engineering at Google. He is well-known for his predictions about how advances in technology will shape the future. He received ACM’s Grace Murray Hopper Award in 1978 for his invention of a computer-based machine that read pages aloud to the blind. “There is a virtual and augmented reality revolution now getting started using external devices.”
Lorrie Faith Cranor is Chief Technologist at the Federal Trade Commission. An ACM Fellow and USACM member, she is a Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. “Consumer protection related to privacy and security are areas near and dear to me.”
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