Black Coworking Space Operators Brace for Empty Desks, Event Revenue Decline as Virus Shutdowns Expand

With millions of Americans jumping onto video calls for the first time as working from home becomes the new normal during the novel corona pandemic, coworking space operators are feeling the heat. Black operators, who run a collective total of over 70 coworking spaces nationwide, are still determining what the future holds as the growing pandemic has no end in sight. 

Amid The Pandemic, Community Leaders and Tech Employees Are Working Together To Address The Bay Area’s Digital Divide

Even before being thrust into a nationwide pandemic, lack of internet access was an issue for communities across the country, especially within low-income Black and Brown households. According to data by Pew Research collected in 2019, 44 percent of households with incomes below $30,000 a year don’t have broadband service, 46 percent don’t have a …

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How Black Women Founders Are Tapping Into Crowdfunding During The Pandemic

Almost as soon as it became clear that life under quarantine would be the new norm for communities across the world, venture capital funding started to dry up. In May, VentureBeat reported that global VC funding dropped 20 percent since the coronavirus pandemic began in December. Black women founders, however — who have historically been …

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Amid COVID-19, Bronx Community Leaders Work To Close Technology Gaps

As COVID-19 rips through the United States, the impact the pandemic has had on communities across the country has garnered a lot of national attention. Many of the issues that are now being spotlighted — income inequality, lack of access to the internet, food insecurity — have been things that activists and community advocates have …

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Creating the Majority-Minority Tech Hubs for the Future of Work

When educator Tiffany Shumate relocated to Oakland from the East Coast four years ago, she found that the luster and resources of nearby Silicon Valley didn’t cross the bridge to her community, even though she’d heard Big Tech companies issue platitudes about wanting to be involved. “I ended up in East Oakland and being like, …

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Implications of Digital Contact Tracing for Black and Brown Communities

One of the most crucial tools for addressing the coronavirus (COVID-19) is contact tracing, a process designed to halt the chain of transmission of an infectious pathogen and slow community spread. Globally, digital contact-tracing applications have been deployed to enforce social distancing or map the movements of the infected to assist public health authorities curb …

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Black Tech Mobilizes to Beat the Youth ‘Summer Slide’

The achievement gap for historically disadvantaged student groups, on top of a pandemic, puts Black youth especially at risk this summer. As remote learning continues, STEM-related nonprofits The Hidden Genius Project and INTech Camp for Girls are making sure that their scholars do not face an opportunity to slip.  The Brookings Institute reports that during …

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For The Country’s Top Accelerators, New Inclusion Strategies Are On The Horizon

Google for Startups had already launched an accelerator specifically for Black founders when racial uprisings occurred throughout the country in June following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breanna Taylor, but Jewel Burks Solomon, head of Google for Startups, said the company wanted to do more. So, it launched a fund specifically for …

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Mapping The Black Innovation Alliance: Keeping Track of The Companies and Innovators Making Up The BIA and Where They Are

Anyone who is immersed in the tech world knows the disparities that Black founders and innovators face. A lack of funding, support, and diversity within the organizations they work stalls progress and keeps opportunities from people of color at just about every level. We know the numbers by now: Just 1 percent of VC funding …

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Examining How We Remove Barriers For a New World of Work

Nearly one-third of the jobs that will exist in 10 years have yet to be invented. As companies scour the world in search of the best talent in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and other high tech-enabled skills, the gaps within America’s workforce are ever increasing. Pew Research Center found that even as the job …

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