Tech Policy

The Joint Center’s tech policy program analyzes how data privacy, AI, and other tech policy issues affect Black communities. See below for research, analysis, and activities related to tech policy.

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April 6 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

At the Joint Center, we’re monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and policy as they affect Black communities, and we’re collaborating with civil rights groups, community organizations, and others to analyze, strategize, and engage. Click here for our COVID-19 policy page, which is constantly updated. Last week early data showed that COVID-19 has hit the health and economies…

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March 30 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

The Joint Center is working closely with several other Black organizations to ensure that the challenges facing Black communities are considered and adequately addressed in COVID-19 policy decisions. On March 26, the Joint Center convened several leading organizations that serve Black communities for an online policy discussion with CBC Chair Karen Bass (D-CA) on the…

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Joint Center Hosts Inaugural Policy Forum ‘A Voice at the Table’

On December 6, the Joint Center hosted its inaugural breakfast policy forum, A Voice at the Table. This discussion series provides an opportunity for key policy leaders and stakeholders to discuss critical topics such as the future of work, diversity & inclusion, the use of big data, financial capability, emerging economic trends, and other issues…

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Joint Center Hosts Data Privacy Roundtable During CBC Week

On September 11, Joint Center Economic Policy Director Jessica Fulton moderated a data privacy roundtable to identify pressing concerns in data privacy for African Americans, discuss the challenges and solutions regarding legislation on data privacy, and determine the research questions that the Joint Center should explore as we build our data privacy research agenda. Participants in…

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Policies to Help Black & Latino Businesses Use Mobile Apps to Grow

The Joint Center’s report, Policies to Help Black & Latino Businesses Use Mobile Apps to Grow, provides an introduction to policymakers, chambers of commerce, libraries, incubators, and other local institutions on how Black and Latino entrepreneurs can use apps to grow. Click on the following for the… 2-page executive summary 22-page full report Key Points:…

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Joint Center President Joins Verizon and NACCE Panel on Building a Diverse and Skilled Tech Workforce

Joint Center President Spencer Overton moderated Verizon and National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship’s event on “building a diverse and skilled tech workforce” as the U.S. Department of Labor estimates a “shortfall of two million skilled workers by 2020.” The conversation was framed to include solutions from educators, corporate leaders, elected officials, and others to discuss…

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