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Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman

Born: Nov 14, 1981

Nationality: Australia

Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman

Date of Birth : Nov 14, 1981

Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman is an Australian-American activist. She is the founder and executive director of corporate watchdog SumOfUs, which describes itself as "a movement of consumers, workers and shareholders speaking with one voice to counterbalance the growing power of large corporations." In March 2012, she and her group were active critics of working conditions at Apple Inc. supplier Foxconn. She is the daughter of DePauw University professors, former Georgetown basketball standout Bruce Stinebrickner and author Kelsey Kauffman. She was raised in Greencastle, Indiana. Stinebrickner-Kauffman graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in mathematics from Duke University in 2004. She was the partner of Internet activist Aaron Swartz until his death. In 2011 Swartz was prosecuted for violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and, at risk of long imprisonment if convicted, committed suicide in 2013. The alleged victims did not pursue civil litigation, and there was criticism following Swartz's arrest such as "a respected Harvard researcher ... has been arrested ... based on allegations that he downloaded articles that he was entitled to get free".


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