Bloomberg Quint: Google Pressured on Racial Equity Audit After AI Ethics Collapse

BloombergQuint: Google Pressured on Racial Equity Audit After AI Ethics Collapse. “An influential racial justice group called on Google to allow independent auditors to investigate the company’s business for potential discriminatory conduct. Color of Change is urging the internet search giant to undergo a racial equity audit of its operations following the ouster of two women who led the company’s Ethical AI team.”

Coast Reporter (Canada): Mapping project illuminates links between poor environment, historical racism

Coast Reporter: Mapping project illuminates links between poor environment, historical racism. “A new tool that measures the environmental quality of any urban street in Canada — and maps it out in colour — illustrates vividly the many neighbourhoods in the country that have poor environment scores, neighbourhoods that are often home to racialized communities.”

The Next Web: Digital vaccine passports could deny people services due to algorithmic decisions, experts warn

The Next Web: Digital vaccine passports could deny people services due to algorithmic decisions, experts warn. “China, Israel, and Bahrain have already begun rolling out digital vaccine certificates. On Wednesday, the EU announced its plan to join them. In theory, the passes can provide evidence that someone is safe to travel, return to the office, or enter leisure venues. But critics fear they will exacerbate inequalities and compromise data privacy.”

Mpls.St.Paul: Minneapolis Launches Just Deeds Project to Discharge Racially Restrictive Housing Covenants

Mpls.St.Paul: Minneapolis Launches Just Deeds Project to Discharge Racially Restrictive Housing Covenants. “Minnesota has one of the nation’s highest disparities in home ownership. We owe that in part to racially restrictive covenants—legal clauses in property deeds that prohibited people of color from owning and renting homes in certain areas—that were first recorded in south Minneapolis in the early 20th century. Racially restrictive covenants were outlawed in 1968, but their legacy shapes our neighborhoods to this day. This week, the city of Minneapolis launched the Just Deeds Project to allow homeowners to fully discharge the covenants recorded against their properties and ‘reclaim their homes as equitable spaces.’” This program is available in other Minnesota cities as well.

ABA Journal: High tech can heighten discrimination; here are some policy recommendations for its ethical use

ABA Journal: High tech can heighten discrimination; here are some policy recommendations for its ethical use. “From federal surveillance of social justice protests to facial recognition technology that results in inordinately high false positives for certain demographic groups, recent surveillance trends have deep historical roots and troubling future implications for traditionally marginalized groups. These trends threaten our core constitutional values, democratic principles and the rule of law.”

Introducing The Collective: A newsletter for passing the mic on the path to equity (Poynter)

Poynter: Introducing The Collective: A newsletter for passing the mic on the path to equity. “As we approach the first anniversary of the racial reckoning in America’s newsrooms, the unique challenges of being a journalist of color continue. And who understands what we’re going through better than someone who has been through it themselves? That’s why we’re excited to launch The Collective, a newsletter that will come out on the last Wednesday of the month starting in April. We’re looking for fresh voices to elevate.”

BuzzFeed News: A Native American Tribe In Oklahoma Denied Black Citizens COVID-19 Vaccines And Financial Relief

BuzzFeed News: A Native American Tribe In Oklahoma Denied Black Citizens COVID-19 Vaccines And Financial Relief. “By the time the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma began distributing vaccines to tribal citizens, LeEtta Osborne-Sampson had already witnessed nearly two dozen members of her extended family die of COVID-19. She was relieved vaccine doses had finally arrived to protect those who remained. But when she showed up at the Indian Health Service clinic in Wewoka, the capital of the Seminole Nation, staffers refused to give her a shot. They told her that she wasn’t eligible because her tribal ID card identifies her as a Freedman, a Seminole citizen who is a descendant of enslaved Black people.”

Washington Post: A push to save landmarks of the ‘Great Migration’ — and better understand today’s racial inequities

Washington Post: A push to save landmarks of the ‘Great Migration’ — and better understand today’s racial inequities. “As a child in the 1950s, Amelia Cooper lived in a multigenerational home in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood that often served as a settlement house for friends of her grandfather, the blues musician Muddy Waters. Many were musicians, arriving from the rural South as Waters had, and they needed a place from which to launch their new life….Cooper’s memory is a classic snapshot of the Great Migration, the period between 1916 and 1970 when Northern cities drew millions of Black Americans seeking greater economic opportunities and fleeing the racial violence and Jim Crow laws of Southern states. It was a seminal event, yet many of the sites that played so significantly into those years have fallen into disrepair or worse, the memories they held forgotten. But that is changing.”

LA Weekly: The Truth In Photography Project Is Asking Big Questions

LA Weekly: The Truth In Photography Project Is Asking Big Questions. “An interactive project committed to presenting multiple points of view and encouraging a wider discourse, the Truth In Photography project features diverse and eclectic contributions of curators, photographers, critics, and historians, as well as vernacular photography, photojournalism, and fine art…. Truth in Photography will be updated quarterly, beginning with the new Winter 2021 which comes in three themed sections.”

The Grio: Everything they ‘forgot’ to tell Black people about contracting COVID-19

The Grio: Everything they ‘forgot’ to tell Black people about contracting COVID-19. “Our nation is suffering, but only a portion of the population (read: Black and brown people) is simultaneously bearing the weight of this pandemic with a healthcare system that values profit over people and a rightful distrust of government-funded vaccinations. This is a recipe for disaster at the macro-level, but when you zoom in to the very personal view, it is even scarier to experience.”

UChicago News: Property tax burdens fall on nation’s lowest-income homeowners, study finds

UChicago News: Property tax burdens fall on nation’s lowest-income homeowners, study finds. “The Center for Municipal Finance at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy has completed a nationwide analysis revealing that property taxes—which generate roughly $500 billion and represent the single largest revenue source for local governments each year—are inequitable, with the burden falling disproportionally on owners of the least valuable homes in most counties, cities, and other taxing jurisdictions across the United States…. Using data from millions of residential real estate transactions between 2007 and 2017, [Professor Christopher] Berry—who directs the Center for Municipal Finance and is the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor at Harris Public Policy—developed the nationwide analysis and a new tool, searchable by county and city, which looks at property tax records for communities around the U.S.”

Stanford: Algorithmic approaches for assessing pollution reduction policies can reveal shifts in environmental protection of minority communities, according to Stanford researchers

Stanford: Algorithmic approaches for assessing pollution reduction policies can reveal shifts in environmental protection of minority communities, according to Stanford researchers. “Applying machine learning to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiative reveals how key design elements determine what communities bear the burden of pollution. The approach could help ensure fairness and accountability in machine learning used by government regulators.”

TechCrunch: Google unveils $25 million in grants aimed at empowering women and girls

TechCrunch: Google unveils $25 million in grants aimed at empowering women and girls. “Google announced a range of programs as well as grants worth $25 million on Monday to fund works of nonprofits and social enterprises that are committed to empower women and girls. Google.org’s new Impact Challenge, unveiled on International Women’s Day, is aimed at addressing systemic barriers and inequities so that women have access to economic equality, opportunity to build financial independence and pursue entrepreneurism, said Google chief executive Sundar Pichai at a virtual event.”

Silicon Republic: Gender equality in Irish higher education to be tracked with new tool

Silicon Republic: Gender equality in Irish higher education to be tracked with new tool. “A new interactive dashboard has been launched to track staff in Ireland’s higher education sector and help identify progress that is being made towards gender equality. The National Gender Equality Dashboard will provide an interactive and comparative visualisation of key staff data from Irish higher education institutions including universities, colleges and institutes of technology. This dashboard will be updated annually, and currently offers baseline data from 2017 to 2019.”