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Salesforce’s shift into equality

It’s important for tech companies to have at least one voice at the senior leadership table that advocates for issues around equality, diversity and inclusion. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case for many companies in the tech industry. Salesforce, a company that said a year ago that a major focus for it was “the women’s issue,” recently became an exception to the rule with the hiring of Tony Prophet, its first-ever …

Funders must give minority founders a fair deal

Kathleen Kelly Janus Crunch Network Contributor Kathleen Kelly Janus is a lecturer at Stanford’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship. How to join the network I learned a shocking statistic recently: Less than 1 percent of venture capital funding goes to black founders. This must change. Minority founders are, in general, more in need of outside financial support. For many people of color, the “friends and family” plan …

Bioscience meets AI — Dr. Jackie Hunter of Benevolent AI to speak at Disrupt London

TechCrunch Disrupt in London is on December 5-6. It is the one place where you can hear from global leaders in technology and immerse yourself in a truly authentic tech ecosystem. It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Jackie Hunter, CEO of Benevolent AI, will be joining us as one of our featured speakers. Dr. Jackie Hunter leads Benevolent AI, a company at the …

U.S. Department of Labor sues Palantir for racial discrimination

The U.S. Department of Labor is suing Palantir Technologies, the software and data analysis company contracted by the federal government, for alleged racial discrimination against Asian people in its hiring and selection processes. The aim of the lawsuit is to put an end to Palantir‘s alleged discriminatory hiring practices, according to a release the Department of Labor put out today. The suit also seeks relief …

Police are increasingly using social media surveillance tools

We’re approaching a level of social unrest that we haven’t seen since the days of the Civil Rights movement. That means law enforcement agencies are trying to figure out how to manage and circumvent the unrest — a lot of which has resulted from the police killings of unarmed black people — through surveillance. You may remember that, back in August, Bloomberg found out that police …

Grindr wants tech people to combat LGBTQ inequalities

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people make up nearly 40% of the 1.6 million youth who experience homelessness every year. Meanwhile, trans people are almost four times more likely than the average American to be living on less than $10,000 a year. In short, there’s a bevy of issues that negatively impact the LGBTQ community. It’s time to do something about that. Grindr, the hookup app …

The competitive advantage of diversity

The word “diversity” — derived from the Old French diversité, meaning “unique” — has been part of the English language for almost 1,000 years. But over the last decade it has become a cause célèbre, grabbing global headlines more than 30 million times as we examine diversity — or the lack of it — in every aspect our lives. We enjoy “diversion” in our pastimes, …

A cautionary tale about humans creating biased AI models

Matt Bencke is CEO of Spare5. Previously, he worked at Getty Images, Microsoft and Boeing. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network Most artificial intelligence models are built and trained by humans, and therefore have the potential to learn, perpetuate and massively scale the human trainers’ biases. This is the word of warning put forth in two illuminating articles published earlier this …

There’s still a gender wage gap in tech

Facebook and Apple recently declared that there’s no wage gap between men and women at their respective companies. That’s cool, I guess, but that type of men-versus-women analysis is far too simplistic. There’s still a major wage gap that affects transgender and gender non-conforming people in the tech industry. Between December 2015 and February 2016, Trans*H4CK, the nonprofit organization that aims to serve and support the trans …

Female founders, apply now for Include Office Hours with Greylock

It’s happening! On Friday, September 9th from 5-7 p.m., Greylock Partners will join TechCrunch in hosting Include Office Hours. Apply now. Unlike previous sessions, the upcoming office hours are solely focused on teams with at least one female founder. To sweeten the deal, teams that are selected for office hours will also be invited to an exclusive Women in Tech(Crunch) event, also taking place the evening …