the Week of July 25, 2016
In this issue, we explore the consequences of exclusion in the rise of blockchain technology. We discuss common internal and external challenges of building connection with other minorities in the industry. We look at feminist applications of drone technology, and share a two-part feature interview on worker’s organization and unionization in Silicon Valley: the ongoing fight for affordable housing, living wages and better work environments. Plus, a dating site for queer people launching soon, and a new initiative to support diversity in games. Photo CC-BY jiattison, cropped.
INTERVIEW: Inside the Movement For Silicon Valley’s “Invisible Workforce”
"As folks talk about the booming economy and the wealth and incredible jobs that tech is creating, the folks that are being left behind are the invisible workforce, are people of color. "
INTERVIEW: Inside the Movement For Silicon Valley’s “Invisible Workforce,” Part II
"...we will always win when we take on fights or campaigns like this, because we know that our fight is relational. We can build coalitions, we can build relationships, and that’s what makes us twice as strong. The opposition is about dollars and figures. "
Drone Feminism: When Feminists Get a Drone
What if we were able to harness technology independent of military and carceral dictation of the movement? How can we think about technologies in ways that would be helpful to women, not used as violence against us?
A New Way to Support Diversity in Games: Introducing Found Loot!
"Sometimes all you need is a little boost to keep going, so we're trying to do that.”
The Struggle to Connect With Other Minorities in Tech
Why is it that so many of us in underrepresented groups fail to create connections with one another, when we are just a few feet away from each other?
Thurst Prepares For Launch: The First Dating App for Queer People of All Genders
My hope is that we can allow folks to express the truths of their existence and be their full selves while seeking to connect with others.
Building A Cultural Dialogue Around The Permanent, Blockchain Web
Blockchain's scorecard on diversity is no better than the rest of the tech world. In fact, it is arguably worse.
This issue is made possible in part by some of our generous readers: Omar Malik, Sean Miller, Brian Gesiak, Luis Bruno and Jacques Labuschagne.