Category Archives: Technology

Can Facebook prevent racial discrimination in targeted advertising?

With the use of a category called “ethnic affinities,” Facebook allows its advertisers to exclude specific racial groups when placing housing ads on its portal, a ProPublica investigation revealed on Thursday. The nonprofit investigative news organization illustrated how Facebook approved within 15 minutes an ad it submitted for a “renter event” that explicitly excluded African… Read More »

How Black People Built Social Media

“God created black people and black people created style,” George C. Wolfe once wrote. African-Americans heavily influence everything entertainment to political discourse to the culture and conversations that fuel the internet. And yet black users on social platforms are largely ignored by the companies who build them. In an effort to drive growth, many social… Read More »

Nielsen 2016 Report: Black Millennials Close the Digital Divide Social Media and Mobile Device Use are Game-changers Raising Influence and Visibility

Black Millennials are 11.5 million strong and leading a viral vanguard that is driving African-Americans’ innovative use of mobile technology and closing the digital divide. Nielsen highlights this group in a new report called “Young, Connected and Black: African-American Millennials Are Driving Social Change and Leading Digital Advancement.” With $162 billion in buying power and… Read More »

Everything President Obama Said About the Digital Divide During His SxSW Keynote

President Barack Obama had a lot to say about tech and government during his keynote interview Friday (March 11) Austin’s annual arts and tech conference South by Southwest (SxSW). Interviewer and The Texas Tribune editor-in-chief Evan Smith asked President Obama questions about digital equity for marginalized Americans, particularly people of color. The president answered those… Read More »

Black Tech Week Recap: Voices of The Inspired & Empowered

Black Tech Week has wrapped in Miami, with nearly 1,600 attendees from across the country and beyond, having passed through the 2nd annual event devoted to technology, entrepreneurship, creativity and more. From sessions on funding start-ups, to youth functions and a women’s innovation brunch that closed the summit, participants expressed enthusiasm about the thought-provoking dialogue… Read More »

Why Doesn’t Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders?

In the fall of 2013 a young software engineer named Charles Pratt arrived on Howard University’s campus in Washington. His employer, Google, had sent him there to cultivate future Silicon Valley programmers. It represented a warming of the Valley’s attitude toward Howard, where more than 8 out of 10 students are black. The chair of… Read More »