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Google Supports Black Transgender Community With $500K Donation

During her life, queer activist Marsha P. Johnson was influential in advocating for the rights of Black transgender people. Today, is donating $500,000 to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute to help continue her work. “Through her advocacy for an inclusive LGBTQ+ movement and an end to police brutality, Marsha P. Johnson challenged the world to acknowledge the intersections of Black+ and Queer identity,” Maab Ibrahim, Inclusion Grantmaking Lead at, said in a statement . “’s efforts to end racial injustice and support LGBTQ+ organizations includes a grant to The Marsha P. Johnson Institute, an organization working to end violence against Black+ transgender women.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Marsha P. Johnson Institute (@mpjinstitute) Named for the Stonewall uprisings figure, the non-profit institute is a response to the alarming number of deaths of trans individuals. Just this year, no less than 17 trans men and women were killed with...

Jul 2, 2020

With Google's Help, These Summer Camps Are Trying To Fight Racial Bias In Artificial Intelligence

Racial bias in artificial intelligence is well-documented. Just last month the ACLU published a report criticizing Amazon’s facial recognition technology (Amazon Rekognition) for racial bias after it misidentified black members of Congress as criminals. In the past, people were also able to get an AI-based social chatbot to say racial slurs, leading to an apology from Microsoft. Having a more diverse group of people actually building the technology could help combat some of the issues AI has faced recently. That’s where Oakland based non-profit AI4ALL comes in. AI4ALL’s primary goal is to increase diversity and inclusion in the world of artificial intelligence. It provides students with the chance to learn, first-hand, about computer science, coding and more through summer camps nationwide that spark interest and teach them fundamental skills. Last week announced it would be donating a $1 million grant to the nonprofit in order to grow the number of underrepresented...

Aug 16, 2018