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Before taking his leave of absence from MIT, Walter Bender was executive director of the MIT Media Laboratory, and holder of the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Chair.
At the Media Lab, he was director of the Electronic Publishing group; he also directed the Gray Matters special interest group, which focuses on technology's impact on the aging population. In 1992, Bender founded the News in the Future consortium and has been a member of the Lab's SIMPLICITY, Things That Think, and Digital Life consortia.
Bender joined the Architecture Machine Group at MIT in 1978, after receiving his B.A. from Harvard University in 1977. He received his M.S. at MIT in 1980. A founding member of the Media Laboratory, Bender has engaged in the study of new information technologies, particularly those that affect people directly. He has participated in much of the pioneering research in the field of electronic publishing and personalized interactive multimedia.
One Laptop per Child: Revolutionizing How the World's Children Engage in Learning
as author at MIT World Series: Soap Box,