• Black Caucus urges Airbnb to take reports of racism seriously

    Black Caucus urges Airbnb to take reports of racism seriously

    Airbnb has been under fire recently for some bad, racist behavior by hosts on its platform. Now, the Congressional Black Caucus is urging Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky to take further action in addressing the issues of racism and discrimination on Airbnb’s platform. In a letter addressed to Chesky, the CBC notes how Title II of 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in places like… Read More

  • Airbnb bans racist host

    Airbnb bans racist host

    Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has come out and said that racism and discrimination is not allowed on the platform. This comes after an Airbnb host in North Carolina canceled on a black person and sent her a slew of racist insults. Chesky also said Airbnb has permanently banned the host. “The incident in NC was disturbing and unacceptable,” Chesky wrote in a tweet today. “Racism… Read More

  • Surveillance as a tool for racism Crunch Network

    Surveillance as a tool for racism

    I’ve been working in the privacy space for the last six years, and privacy never really mattered that much to me. I can’t say I was ever in the “if-you’re-not-doing-anything-wrong, you’ve-got-nothing-to-hide” camp, but I also wasn’t arms-up-in-the-air outraged that some corporation potentially handed my data over to the police. Then I attended an… Read More

  • Artificial intelligence and racism Crunch Network

    Artificial intelligence and racism

    AI is here — although Microsoft’s blunder with Tay, the “teenaged girl AI” embodied by a Twitter account who “turned racist” shows that we obviously still have a long ways to go. The pace of advancement, mixed with our general lack of knowledge in the realm of artificial intelligence, has spurred many to chime in on the emerging topic of AI and ethics. Read More

  • Navarrow Wright Talks About Silicon Valley Diversity

    Navarrow Wright: There Is A Diversity Problem In Silicon Valley

    Navarrow Wright, the co-founder of Global Grind and current CTO of InteractIve One, which operates BlackPlanet.com and other sites, came into the TCTV studio to have “the race conversation” with me. “It is a meritocracy at some level,” Wright acknowledges. “I think the challenge is how do you get involved in that ecosystem.” One of the biggest barriers… Read More

  • Racism And Meritocracy

    Racism And Meritocracy

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t have missed the recent dust-up over race and Silicon Valley. Like almost every discussion of diversity and meritocracy in this town, it turned ugly fast. One side says: “All I see is white men. Therefore, people like Michael Arrington must be racist.” The other responds, “Silicon Valley is a colorblind meritocracy. Read More

  • The Resident Evil 5 racism debate continues, for some reason

    For reasons known only to God and his brother Jim—ooh, sacrilege—plenty of people are still calling Resident Evil 5 racist. The list now includes The Atlantic and Eurogamer; don’t forget N’Gai Croal brought this issue to everyone’s attention last year. Me? I’m sorry, but I have bills to pay, and I simply cannot be bothered to argue, in print or otherwise… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Resident Evil 5 producer confirms African setting, pays no mind to racist accusation

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fnicholasadeleon%2Eblip%2Etv%2Frss&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Frss%2Fflash%2F825980&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf More on that whole “Resident Evil 5 contains racist imagery” malarkey. The game’s producer, Jun Takeuchi, recently gave… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Revisiting the idea that Resident Evil 5 is racist

    How lucky we are to be alive in 2008, friends! Our lives are so comfortable that we can LOOK FOR RACISM in Resident Evil 5. Look, read this and form your own opinion. Newsweek’s N’Gai Croal lambasts the upcoming Capcom game for racist undertones. Or is it overtones, since the game is so damn racist and all? “Croal’s first reaction to the trailer was, ‘Wow, clearly… Read More

  • We can buy their TVs, but we can't visit their Omise?

    I’m down with keeping out foreigners — the Thetans and Xenu’s angry warrior lords need to stay far away from my precious e-resources — but Japan takes the concept to dizzy new heights. I luckily never saw these signs when I was in Tokyo but we did storm into a Japanese-only “massage parlor” one night with women, which was apparently verboten. Who knew… Read More

  • Halo 3: Racist Edition

    This has to be the funniest thing I have ever read. I know the X button is the equipment button, but this is too funny. According to the Game Rag, the X button will ‘deploy racist or homophobic comments regarding teammates or opponents.’ Racism isn’t funny, but this is down right hilarious. Read More