Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What happens when tech firms end up at the center of racism scandals? | Technology | The Guardian

N4RJ in the news:


Nextdoor claims its anti-profiling measures are radical changes that will dramatically reduce racism on the site. The concept behind the tweaks, however, is fairly simple and rooted in ideas that California activists suggested last fall.
Under the new system, before members can post a crime and safety message, the site warns them about profiling, saying: “Ask yourself – is what I saw actually suspicious, especially if I take race or ethnicity out of the equation?”
Next, users are encouraged to focus on behaviors and specific descriptions, such as clothing, shoes and tattoos. If they want to mention race, they have to fill out a form and include at least two other physical descriptors before posting.


What happens when tech firms end up at the center of racism scandals? | Technology | The Guardian