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Links 1 through 10 of 73 by Latoya Peterson tagged technology

"He has a nonprofit called Code2040 that aims flood the tech world with African American and Latino coding talent by the year 2040– when demographers say America will officially become “majority minority.” And earlier this month he launched his much anticipated and well-funded new startup Walker & Co., which aims to be a modern, hip Procter & Gamble for people of color."

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I'm down with the cause, but this metaphor doesn't seem to fit..."Just to be really clear for those of you who might not be tracking the point I am making. I and the other people in Google+ who choose to have handles/nyms that are persistent and that we are known by but are being rejected by Google+ are Kunta Kinte and the Google+ name police is the slave owner whipping him until he submits to calling himself Toby.

Metaphorically this IS what is going on. "Yes" I and other people who use handles and use nyms have a choice "not to use the service" - we are technically "not slaves" like Toby is. However we have already been using Google e-mail and other services for years with the names we chose - in changing the rules on the Google plantation they have undermined the social contract that it had with existing users. "

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"I realise that many Aboriginal Australians who identify through the skin name system might not want to access Google+ (and, as one commenter pointed out yesterday, some who do are happy to have an “alternate” Western name form as well). However, it still seems somewhat limited to demand that identification be made in a Euro-centric way. Here’s hoping that gets changed as Google+ evolves."

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"Before camera phones there were camcorders, but because of the size people didn’t really go walking around with them. You either had to be in the right place at the right time, or a member of the media. It’s an important moment in history for the black community. Now, we have the power to monitor the police and to document incidents of brutality. It’s funny, because it seems like it’s the camera phones that anger the police, but it also seems like the camera phones are the only things controlling them."

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But you knew this, Racializens.--AJP

"The report found that there was a strong correlation between social inclusion, competitiveness and economic development, and argued that 'prejudice, in whatever form – including racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance – irrationally destroys the value of human capital.'

"'Hypothetically, what would happen if the secret of energy efficiency, or to greater food productivity is locked up in the mind of somebody who is denied the ability to develop because of their race or their religious beliefs or their sexual orientation? That's the sort challenge that we now face,' Donovan said."

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"Though it rarely makes headlines these days, the digital divide — the gap between the computer haves and have-nots — remains reality for thousands in the Bay Area, a remarkable situation considering this is home to Google, Apple, Facebook and many other titans of technology.
"The divide is most severe in California’s Latino community, where 35 percent of adults do not use the Internet at all, and only 50 percent have broadband access at home. Other groups fare better, according to a 2010 study by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan research group: whites (90 percent use the Internet, 82 percent have broadband access at home), Asians (87 percent Internet, 77 percent broadband) and blacks (82 percent Internet, 70 percent broadband)."

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"Cyril argues that it’s no surprise that young people of color consume more media. 'We’re building up this technology infrastructure to avoid and to relieve stress and we’re losing public and community infrastructure [that could help youth relieve stress],' Cyril said. 'Recreation facilities are being decimated. Arts programs are being decimated. Basically all the places a person goes to transform stress.'

"The point for minority youth, Cyril suggests, is not to limit their media consumption but to engage them and empower them with education. By learning about the relationship between the Federal Communications Commission, telecom and media companies, and the Department of Justice, youth can hold accountable the media and technology industries they keep in business."

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"The creator of an iPhone app used to manipulate and add effects to photos is under fire for using a racial slur in the name of a special effect.

"The app, called 'Picture Effect Magic,' is available in a free and paid version in the Apple App Store. The latest version is 1.8 and has a post date of June 10, 2011.

"In the list of possible photo effects is one called, '54 N****r-brown.' In selecting this effect, it makes the image a brownish tint. In the list, it is near other similar effects that make the image purple, blue or warm."

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"Indian journalist Mark Trahant, who was president of NAJA when the organization originally joined UNITY, said he was disheartened by the discord. 'Of course I am sorry to see this division, and I am certain there will be other enterprises and events that include NABJ,' he said. 'What really troubles me is that the coalition partners need to have a conversation about the dramatic changes in the media and how we can shape what’s next. That discussion requires more voices in UNITY, not fewer ones on their own.'”

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"The question gets even more complicated when we consider the ways that race and class play into these memes. One Shit My Students Say entry specifically identifies the teacher as working in an “urban” school setting, which most people readily read as black, brown and poor. In another tweet, the teacher gives a few clues which would lead readers to believe that she is herself white, while her students are African-American. When I quote my students, I repeat their exact language, which sometimes includes grammar common to African-American Vernacular English. But that means I need to be extra thoughtful when I relay stories of muffin-flinging aggression or a goofed-up word- because the stories teachers share don’t exist in a vacuum. We’re sharing them in the context of a culture which often assumes ignorance and/or criminality is embedded in youth, in blackness, in poverty."

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