JEDII Tech News: May 1

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Digital Black Feminism

By Catherine Knight Steele on NYU Press (

Traces the longstanding relationship between technology and Black feminist thought.  Black women are at the forefront of some of this century’s most important discussions about technology: trolling, online harassment, algorithmic bias, and influencer culture. But, Catherine Knight Steele argues that Black women’s relationship to technology began long before the advent of Twitter or Instagram. To truly “listen to Black women,” Steele points to the history of Black feminist technoculture in the United States and its ability to decenter white supremacy and patriarchy in a conversation about the future of technology. Using the virtual beauty shop as a metaphor, Digital Black Feminism walks readers through the technical skill, communicative expertise, and entrepreneurial acumen of Black women’s labor—born of survival strategies and economic necessity—both on and offline.

Making Content Usable for People with Cognitive and Learning Disabilities

By Lisa Seeman-Horwitz on W3C (

This document is for people who make web content (web pages) and web applications. It gives advice on how to make content usable for people with cognitive and learning disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to: cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities (LD), neurodiversity, intellectual disabilities, and specific learning disabilities.

Organizing Big Tech

By Sarah Jaffe on RLS-NYC (

Tech trades on its novelty to tell us that it is a sector that we outsiders simply can’t understand. Its lack of unions is explained as a condition of that novelty, rather than a strategy for worker control that dates back before Fordism. Tech workers are told they are not workers at all, but it is precisely the breadth of these companies that proves this is a lie: after all, warehouse workers and autoworkers have long been unionized, and they too fall within the umbrella of “tech” these days.

FBI used Instagram, an Etsy review, and LinkedIn to identify a protestor accused of arson

By James Vincent on The Verge (

Social media and online activity can unmask anyone

Surveillance Studies: A Reader

on Surveillance Studies (

Book published by Oxford University Press. (Edited by Torin Monahan & David Murakami Wood)

Salesforce Doubles Down on Inclusive Design Commitment, Hires Elise Roy as Product Accessibility Leader

By Paula Goldman on Salesforce News (

Today, I’m honored and excited to welcome Elise Roy as Vice President, Product Accessibility and Inclusive Design. In welcoming Elise Roy, we bring our Ethical Use and Product Accessibility teams together under one organization, deepening our commitment to inclusive design. As Elise says, “When we …

The Rise of Privacy Tech Virtual Summit 2021 Call for Speakers Submission Form

on Airtable (

Fill out the “The Rise of Privacy Tech Virtual Summit 2021 Call for Speakers Submission Form” form quickly and securely on Airtable.

What you need to know about face surveillance

By Kade Crockford on TED Talks (

Privacy isn’t dead, but face surveillance technology might kill it, says civil rights advocate Kade Crockford. In an eye-opening talk, Kade outlines the startling reasons why this invasive technology -- powered by often-flawed facial recognition databases that track people without their knowledge --…

France planning to allow use of algorithms to detect extremism online

By Angelique Chrisafis on The Guardian (

Macron under pressure to harden terrorism laws amid growing row over security in run-up to election

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