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On an institutional level, the onus for change lies on those with the power to make it happen.

It’s time for LPs to take more responsibility in the fight for economic equality

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Black Founders Matter presses VCs to pledge commitment to diversity

The pledge encourages VCs to invest a quarter of their funds into BIPOC women founders.

9:22 am PDT • June 3, 2022
Black Founders Matter presses VCs to pledge commitment to diversity

A group of more than 40 Democratic members of Congress has urged Google to stop collecting and retaining “unnecessary” location data over fears it could be used to identify people…

Democrats urge Google to limit location tracking to protect people seeking abortions

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Google says geofence warrants make up one-quarter of all US demands

For the first time, Google has published the number of geofence warrants it’s historically received from U.S. authorities, providing a rare glimpse into how frequently these controversial warrants are issued. The figures, published Thursday, reveal that Google has received thousands of geofence warrants each quarter since 2018, and at times accounted for about one-quarter of…

2:54 pm PDT • August 19, 2021
Google says geofence warrants make up one-quarter of all US demands

Last summer, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, Best Buy committed to “do better” when it came to supporting communities of color. As part of the retail giant’s self-proclaimed…

Best Buy investing millions in Brown Venture Group, a firm exclusively backing BIPOC founders

Outschool founder Amir Nathoo has a message to the edtech sector, which recently found itself under a spotlight thanks to the pandemic: Add your voice, and don’t try to always…

Edtech startups and VCs rally around a memo of their own

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For Trump and Facebook, judgment day is around the corner

Facebook unceremoniously confiscated Trump’s biggest social media megaphone months ago, but the former president might be poised to snatch it back. Facebook’s Oversight Board, an external Supreme Court-like policy decision making group, will either restore Trump’s Facebook privileges or banish him forever on Wednesday. Whatever happens, it’s a huge moment for Facebook’s nascent experiment in…

12:14 pm PDT • May 4, 2021
For Trump and Facebook, judgment day is around the corner

The murder of George Floyd last May ignited many things in the United States last year — one of which that was perhaps unexpected: a rise in the number of…

First Boulevard raises $5M for its digital bank aimed at Black America

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Minneapolis police tapped Google to identify George Floyd protesters

The warrant ordered Google to turn over a set of user account data. Civil liberties groups have criticized the use of these dragnet search warrants.

8:00 am PST • February 6, 2021
Minneapolis police tapped Google to identify George Floyd protesters

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has returned a police reform bill back to the state legislature, asking lawmakers to strike out several provisions — including one for a statewide ban on…

Massachusetts governor won’t sign police reform bill with facial recognition ban

A year ago this week Ada Ventures — a UK/Europe focused VC with an ‘impact twist’ aiming to invest in diverse founders tacking societal problems — launched on stage at…

Ada Ventures closes first fund at $50M, investing in diverse founders tackling society’s problems

SoftBank’s Opportunity Fund has made the health insurance startup Vitable Health the first public commitment from its $100 million fund dedicated to investing in startups founded by entrepreneurs of color.…

SoftBank’s $100 million diversity and inclusion fund makes its first bet … in health

Welcome back to Human Capital, a weekly digest about diversity, inclusion and the human labor that powers tech. This week, we’re looking at a number of topics because a lot…

Human Capital: Coinbase and Clubhouse aside, Ethel’s Club founder wants to take us ‘Somewhere Good’

Our survey found that 79% of tech employees expected public statements from their employer supporting #BLM.

Majority of tech workers expect company solidarity with Black Lives Matter

The lack of substantial progress toward true representation, diversity and inclusion across several industries illustrates what hasn’t worked.

What does accountability look like in 2020?

It’s not often Silicon Valley gets behind a single cause. Supporting net neutrality was one, reforming government surveillance another. Last week, Big Tech took up its latest: halting any cooperation…

Decrypted: As tech giants rally against Hong Kong security law, Apple holds out

Since the killing of George Floyd at the hands of four police officers heightened awareness about racial justice, the experiences of Black people in tech — and the industry’s lack…

8 Black investors discuss the intersection of race, tech and funding

As COVID-19 turned up the pressure for businesses around the world, that progress came under threat, with D&I initiatives taking a back seat

Let’s stop COVID-19 from undoing diversity gains

Entrepreneurs-turned-investors are in a truly unique position in the tech world, with experience on both sides of the table and unique insights into how businesses should operate and grow. Alexa…

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Demand for fertility services persists despite COVID-19 shutdowns

Plenty of investments are made during a recession, and it’s no secret that smart investors will put money into recession-proof markets.

1:40 pm PDT • June 24, 2020
Demand for fertility services persists despite COVID-19 shutdowns

Flipboard is giving news publishers and other curators on the platform a new way to highlight content through a format called Storyboards. Until now, Flipboard has largely focused on its Smart…

Flipboard rolls out Storyboards as a new way to highlight content

Microsoft tried to sell its facial recognition technology to the Drug Enforcement Administration as far back as 2017, according to newly released emails. The American Civil Liberties Union obtained the…

Microsoft pitched its facial recognition tech to the DEA, new emails show

Akron, Ohio, the hometown of LeBron James; the seat of the U.S. tire industry; the 127 largest city in the U.S.; and the home of America’s first toy company, is…

Rewarding civic pride and boosting the local economy? Akron, Ohio is trying out a startup for that

Many in the tech industry saw the threat of the novel coronavirus early and reacted correctly. Fewer have seemed prepared for its aftereffects, like the outflow of talented employees from…

Startups Weekly: A Silicon Valley for everyone

In a surprise blog post, Amazon said it will put the brakes on providing its facial recognition technology to police for one year, but refuses to say if the move…

Amazon’s facial recognition moratorium has major loopholes

In response to VCs’ sudden rush to invest in more Black founders, Black venture capitalists and entrepreneurs have penned a bunch of advice on the best way to tap into talent.…

HBCUvc founder Hadiyah Mujhid on one way investors can advance racial equity

The brutal police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis, has prompted one of the greatest civil uprisings of the modern day. In the weeks following Floyd’s…

Unpacking tech’s response to the killing of George Floyd

This week saw protests spread across the world sparked by the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last month. The…

Decrypted: DEA spying on protesters, DDoS attacks, Signal downloads spike

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Collab Capital launches with a $50 million target and a mission to help Black entrepreneurs

The three founders of Collab Capital, the newly launched Atlanta-based fund with a $50 million target and a mission to help Black entrepreneurs, are intimately aware of the struggles that Black founders face — because they are all Black founders themselves. Managing Partners Jewel Burks, Justin Dawkins, and Barry Givens have all founded companies, have backgrounds…

5:30 am PDT • June 9, 2020
Collab Capital launches with a $50 million target and a mission to help Black entrepreneurs

Sony’s planned June 4 PS5 event has been postponed indefinitely, as the U.S. grapples with widespread protests over the death of George Floyd. It’s understandably a difficult time to focus…

Sony postpones PlayStation 5 event, in order for ‘more important voices to be heard’