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 Talks About AI Bias on FIU Podcast ‘Tech Conversations’

Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison joined FIU Ratcliffe Art +Design Incubator’s podcast, Tech Conversations to discuss platform accountability, broadband access privacy, algorithm experience, and how AI bias can “produce discriminatory outcomes for communities of color.” Listen to the full episode below.

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Joint Center Joins Panel on Brown v. Board of Education and Georgia’s Voting Law

Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined a conversation with University of Kentucky Education and Civil Rights Initiative Executive Director Dr. Gregory Vincent to discuss how Brown v. Board of Education relates to Georgia’s voting law. The conversation was held at the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Education & Civil Rights for the New Decade…

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Joint Center Presents on Policy Challenges and Opportunities in Digital Equity

Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison presented an overview of policy challenges and opportunities in digital equity to the Workforce Matters Steering Committee. Dominique also shared insights from the Joint Center’s upcoming report on broadband in the Black Rural South. Watch her presentation below. Remarks by Dr. Dominique Harrison to the Workforce Matters…

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Joint Center Joints Panel at AARP Illinois’s Disrupt Disparities Summit

On April 27, Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison joined a panel at AARP Illinois’s Disrupt Disparities Summit: Advancing Racial Equity in Aging to discuss why aging adults need high-speed internet and technology tools. Learn more about the event, and watch Dominique’s panel (Day 2, APRIL 27) at the 1:50:18 mark, here.

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Big Tech CEOs Must Do More than Admit Misinformation is Harmful to Communities of Color

As Congress reckons with misinformation plaguing online platforms, Black communities continue to face discrimination, anti-Blackness, and material harm facilitated by agitators on social media platforms. We know that tech can exacerbate and facilitate harm towards Black communities. We don’t know to what extent the government needs to regulate Big Tech to prevent harm and bias.…

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Joint Center and 24 Tech Policy and Civil Rights Groups Call on the FTC to Quickly Confirm Commissioners Who Will Advance Equity and Racial Justice

The Joint Center joined a coalition of 24 tech policy and civil rights groups calling on the Federal Trade Commission to quickly nominate and confirm commissioners who will advance equity and racial justice. The FTC should commit the agency to addressing data abuses that disproportionately affect marginalized communities. Read the letter here.

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Joint Center Hosts Roundtable on Data Privacy & Black Communities

The Joint Center hosted an invite-only roundtable to identify key data privacy concerns for Black communities. Attendees explored critical privacy issues and big data practices that produce discriminatory outcomes for Black communities. The meeting was organized around two themes: 1). Big Data and Black Communities and 2) The Role of Federal Agencies & Anti-Discrimination Laws.…

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Joint Center Joins Senate Broadband Caucus Virtual Discussion on ‘Broadband Priorities for 2021 and Beyond’

Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison joined the Senate Broadband Caucus for a virtual discussion on “broadband priorities for 2021 and beyond.” Other panelists included NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association CEO Shirley Bloomfield and Schools Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition CEO John Windhausen. Pew Charitable Trusts Manager Kathryn de Wit moderated the…

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