Joint Center Joins Panel on Tech’s Role in Upholding White Supremacy

On January 19, Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison joined a panel entitled “Do You See It Now? Tech’s Role in Upholding White Supremacy” to “address how tech employees, social justice, organizations, and concerned citizens can influence change.” Other speakers included Brookings Center for Technology Innovation Director Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, Congressional Black…

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December Jobs Data Shows Loss for Black Women

In December, the unemployment rate for Black workers decreased slightly to 9.9 percent, down from 10.3 percent in November 2020. This rate is above the national unemployment rate of 6.7 percent and still far above the 6.0 percent unemployment rate Black workers saw in February 2020. Overall, Black workers were just slightly less likely to…

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Joint Center Meets With FCC Commissioner Starks to Discuss a Plan for Sharing Critical Information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit

On January 8, Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison participated in a meeting with FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks to discuss a plan for sharing information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit to communities. “For the @FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit to succeed, we need an all-hands effort to get the word out to every eligible…

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Joint Center President Joins AARP’s Panel on ‘Equity, Inclusion, and a New World of Work’ at The Atlantic Festival

Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined AARP’s panel, Equity, Inclusion, and a New World of Work, at the virtual Atlantic Festival. During the discussion, Spencer spoke about digital technologies that are transforming work, increased utilization of autonomous robots, and the significance of digital skills and remote work especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other panelists included…

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August 5 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Congress and Administration Continue to Negotiate Coronavirus Relief Democrats and the Trump Administration continued their negotiations in the wake of an economic crisis fueled by the July 31 expiration the $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit enjoyed by millions of Americans, the July 24 expiration of the federal moratorium on evictions, and new spikes in unemployment…

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Expand Internet Access Among Black Households

As the pandemic forces many students, workers, and patients to turn to broadband for virtual learning, telework, job applications and interviews, government assistance applications, and medical services, millions of African Americans remain disconnected. In the United States, 34% of Black adults do not have home broadband,1 and 30.6% of Black households with one or more…

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