For Us, Without Us: Addressing Tech’s Shortcomings in Creating Equity for Black People

Many consider technology to be the “great equalizer”, but it’s evident that Black people are not benefiting at the same rates as others. This session will discuss how the forces that limit Black people’s ability to navigate the physical also prevent us from exerting agency via the digital. Together, we’ll discuss the ways that anti-Blackness is replicated in technology, the discrepancies faced by Black communities due to the digital divide, and the changes required for us to have a more equitable future. Because we can never fully benefit if technology continues to be made for us, without us.

Jacqueline Gibson

Jacqueline Gibson

Software Engineer focusing on accessibility at Microsoft

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