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.

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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Thoughts on “A People’s Guide to AI”

I first heard about the short book “A People’s Guide to AI” about six months ago, and I finally read it. I enjoyed the book, and decided to share a few informal thoughts. The book is an introduction to artificial intelligence, algorithms, machine learning, and deep learning with an equity frame. It provides basic definitions,…

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Joint Center Economic Policy Director Moderates Panel at Data4BlackLives Conference

Joint Center’s Economic Policy Director Jessica Fulton moderated a panel at the Data4BlackLives second annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Jessica’s panel,Black People vs Robots: Reparations and Workers Rights in the Age of Automation, took place on Sunday, January 13 from 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM. According to the Data4BlackLives schedule, the panel discussed the following:…

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For Communities of Color, Increased Smartphone Costs Mean Decreased Opportunity

Despite becoming synonymous with everyday life, smartphones are one commodity that’s still capable of generating global headlines. One such example happened recently, when the European Commission fined Google $5 billion for requiring Android manufacturers to preload apps like Google Search and Chrome onto smartphones that come with others like the Google Play Store. While I…

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