New initiative to promote racial justice Technology Black communities policy launched by the Kapor Foundation

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  • Today, a new project to advance racial justice-centered technology policy is launched by the Kapor Foundation, a leading organization dedicated to addressing racial disparity in the technology sector. The new Equitable Technology Policy Initiative describes policy change as a crucial tool to eliminate the structural barriers preventing communities of color from fully participating and being protected across the technology pipeline and as a key strategy to transform the technology sector.

With 8.9 million employees, incomes that are 125% higher than the median national wage, and a contribution to the U.S. economy of 1.8 trillion dollars, the technology industry continues to play an increasingly significant part in our country’s economy. Even so, Black, Latinx, and Native communities are disproportionately left out of the economic opportunities and wealth creation that technology has to offer. They are also the groups most likely to suffer the negative effects of uncontrolled technology platforms and goods.

The Equitable Technology Policy Initiative introduces a framework outlining nine key areas that must be addressed in order to bring about systemic change in the technology industry as the country gets closer to the midterm elections and the start of new sessions for state and federal legislators. The nine policy areas that demand for improved labor rights, better technology accountability, and higher funding for entrepreneurs, investors, and black fund managers are as follows:

Expand your access to Tech Pathways

Invest in new models of comprehensive technical workforce development, including new models of upskilling, reskilling and hiring

Expanding Access and Enrollment in K-12 Computer Science (CS) Education and Closing the Racial Equality Gap

Promote technical accountability and protection

Increase data collection, reporting, transparency and accountability/oversight of technology company employees

Expand protections for tech workers, including whistleblower protections, gig worker safety nets, and unions to ensure fair labor practices Hold technology platforms accountable for harassment, violence, discrimination, misinformation/disinformation, and other harmful consequences of content

Combat harmful consequences of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems and create standards for future development and use of AI systems

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