mfioretti: racism* + silicon valley*

Bookmarks on this page are managed by an admin user.

3 bookmark(s) - Sort by: Date ↓ / Title / Voting / - Bookmarks from other users for this tag

  1. Led by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Apple CEO Tim Cook, Silicon Valley is loudly complaining about homophobic laws passed in Indiana and Arkansas in recent days that allow businesses to refuse service to customers based on religious beliefs.

    A who’s who of leaders from companies such as Yelp, Square, Twitter, Lyft, Airbnb, eBay, PayPal and others signed their names to a petition today urging legislatures to forbid discrimination or denial of services to anyone, saying, “Discrimination is bad for business.” Petition leader Max Levchin, a PayPal co-founder and currently CEO of finance startup Affirm, told Re/code: “I am asking all CEOs to evaluate their relationships and investments in states that do not specifically protect LGBT people from discrimination.”

    That’s great and even admirable, except that here on the home front, Silicon Valley has its own very obvious discrimination problems. Gender is a big one. Race is another. The numbers are so incredibly skewed for the majority — the published diversity numbers in technology are something like 70 percent men, 90 percent white and Asian — that the situation is very often unhealthy for people who don’t or can’t fit in.

    While these are not twin causes, there are obvious parallels, and the inconsistencies between them became all the more evident this week.
    http://recode.net/2015/04/01/the-discrimination-double-standard
    Voting 0
  2. What if Silicon Valley had emerged from a racially integrated community?

    Would the technology industry be different?

    Would we?

    And what can the technology industry do now to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past?

    This is a story of how two neighboring communities followed entirely different trajectories in post-war California — one of enormous wealth and power, and the other of resilience amid deprivation. It’s about how seemingly small policy choices can have enduring, multi-generational consequences.

    Integration would turn out to be a double-edged sword.

    “Before blacks could live anywhere else outside East Palo Alto and Belle Haven in Menlo Park » , everybody lived in the same community,” Hoover said. “But once integration came, the middle-class and professionals left. So you were left with a low-income, poorly educated community with opportunities only for very low-wage jobs. Not only are your role models and economic engine gone, your leadership is too.”
    http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/10/east-of-palo-altos-eden
    Voting 0
  3. A month or two ago I could have generated a healthy heaping of scorn for Dale’s farewell to a city that he’s hardly spent the span of a firefly’s lifetime in. But now I’m not so sure. In recent weeks, the angry Silicon Valley backlash against the latest wave of criticism aimed at tech-millionaire-driven cultural transformation has forced me to rethink my stance on this whole drama.

    The BART strike that shut down a crucial part of the Bay Area’s transportation infrastructure last week was a turning point. In New York magazine, Kevin Roose wrote a thoughtful piece analyzing how the BART strike demonstrated how Silicon Valley’s “sharing economy” is no substitute for real state-subsidized public transportation. The BART strike, he noted, exposed emerging class differences. Google employees ride their luxury buses to work, while those not so lucky are stuck.
    http://www.salon.com/2013/07/08/silic..._stoking_the_wrong_kind_of_revolution
    Voting 0

Top of the page

First / Previous / Next / Last / Page 1 of 1 Online Bookmarks of M. Fioretti: Tags: racism + silicon valley

About - Propulsed by SemanticScuttle