Combating Racism in Technology

Advancing Racial Equity in AI Technology

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. allowed his children to watch Star Trek because of the show’s historic portrayal of Lt. Nyota Uhura – a dynamic translator and communications officer on the USS Enterprise. Lt. Uhura showed a future in which Black communities were equal not only aboard space fleets, but across worlds and galaxies.

Similar to Star Trek, AI for the People uses art, film and culture to imagine a world in which artificial intelligence can work FOR the people – not AGAINST.


 

 

 

 

Indicators of Success

 

Impact on Tech Policy

 

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Our goal is to work with Black lawmakers to make sure the tech sector is regulated through a racial justice lens.

2019/2020 IMPACT
PUBLIC POLICY

Mutale Nkonde was part of a team that introduced the 2019 Algorithmic Accountability Act.

Company Policy

Mutale Nkonde attended two meetings with the Tik Tok content moderation advisory council.

2021 IMPACT
PUBLIC POLICY

The Congressional Black Caucus publicly warned activists about the organizers of the disinformation campaign.

Watch the video here.

Company Policy

Mutale Nkonde attended six meetings with the Tik Tok content moderation advisory council.

Company Policy

Mutale Nkonde met with Twitter's National Security team around sustained trolling by a right-wing disinformation network.

Impact on Journalists

 

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2019/2020 IMPACT
2021 IMPACT

Our goal is to create educational content that informs Black journalists about how social media platforms become delivery systems for mis-and disinformation.

BUILDING RESILIENCE AGAINST ONLINE MIS/DISINFORMATION

The social media intervention #VoteDownCOVID outperformed a disinformation narrative led by a Black-led group.

BUILDING RESILIENCE AGAINST ONLINE MIS/DISINFORMATION

We started working with the N.I.C.E network at WHYY. Our goal was to find out how local newsmakers used social media in their reporting practices.

 

Impact on Popular Culture

 

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2019/2020 IMPACT
2021 IMPACT

Our goal is to produce content to shape how large white-led institutions discuss tech.

 

 

Content Creation for Algorithmic Change

We won a New York Emmy for a news segment we co-produced with NTV on facial recognition and shareholder activism here.                                                                           

Transparency Center

 

To get an in depth view of how we operate, please download our latest annual report.

 

 

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