Externally, that starts with where you sleep and where you work (which at the moment are likely the same, but you know what we mean). A lack of proportional representation and the equitable distribution of power across demographics in all our major industries—government, media, healthcare, and yes, tech—left our country, economy, communities, and planet vulnerable. Tech’s inability to diversify its workforce as it defines the future puts all of us in danger. Racial representation and equity means creating the economic, physical, psychosocial, and social conditions at your workplace where Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people can thrive. In the absence of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people—especially Black, Latinx, and Indigenous women—involved in the creation and design of technology, tech is ignorant of the potential repercussions of building the world in such a slanted way.The beauty and power of the protests happening right now is that our … [Read more...] about Dear tech industry: Protesting is important, but it’s not enough
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“I’ve been working on Sleeping Giants for years, and why am I still seeing ads for normal companies on sites like The Gateway Pundit?” says Jammi, referencing the far-right wing outlet known for spreading conspiracy theories. “How much longer do we have to keep doing this? This problem hasn’t been solved at all, which is strange because the ad industry claims to have been working on this problem for years. So why are the basics not taken care of?” … [Read more...] about Are your company’s digital ads funding racism and hate? This new firm will check for you
India’s robust technology and internet industry have not fostered strong, competitive products for the domestic market. The Chinese internet products, on the other hand, have made inroads into nearly half the market. Additionally, Chinese products have not only gained widespread popularity among Indian consumers but have greatly benefited Indian consumers by increasing their spending power. … [Read more...] about Will India’s ban on Chinese apps impact Chinese tech firms globally?
The investments won’t be the company’s first to help with its goal of reducing emissions. Last year, Amazon led a $700 million financing round in Rivian, a startup that is making electric delivery trucks from scratch; Amazon says it plans to buy 100,000 of the vehicles, which would help it save millions of metric tons of CO2, and says that the first trucks will be on roads by 2021. (Bezos is also an investor in Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion fund cochaired by Bill Gates that invests in technology designed to lower emissions.) The company is also investing in projects that can offset emissions through the $100 million Right Now Climate Fund, which supports projects like an effort to protect forests in Appalachia. … [Read more...] about Amazon will invest $2 billion in climate tech
With the Lobbying Bill of 2014, Britain codified a similar registry for public relations firms, but it met with widespread criticism for its perceived power bias and lack of enforceability, and it has been greeted with low enrollment. In neither case are defense contractors explicitly mentioned, and in the U.S., federal grantees are merely required to not use publicly obtained funds for political activities. A proposed amendment to the 2018 National Defense bill would have instituted requirements on federal contractors to report all electioneering activities, but the language was not included in the final version. … [Read more...] about Before Trump, Cambridge Analytica quietly built “psyops” for militaries