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  • CBC Expresses Privacy, Racial Bias Concerns about Facial Recognition Technology Marketed, Sold by Amazon
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology and Infrastructure Development, #CBCTech2020, Police Accountability, Police Accountability Working Group

    Today, in a letter to Amazon president and CEO Jeffrey Bezos and prominent tech trade associations, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) expressed privacy and racial bias concerns about Rekognition, facial recognition technology that the company is marketing and selling to law enforcement agencies. In regard to privacy, the CBC expressed concerns that some law enforcement agencies will use the technology to surveil law-abiding citizens. In regard to racial bias, the CBC expressed concerns that t... Read more

  • CBC to Visit Silicon Valley to Announce Principles for an Inclusive Tech Economy
    Posted in Press Releases on April 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: #CBCTech2020

    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus Diversity Task Force will travel to Silicon Valley next week to announce principles for building an inclusive tech economy where economic growth is broad-based and Black employees can thrive at all levels of the industry. This is the members’ third congressional delegation trip to Silicon Valley since the CBC TECH 2020 diversity initiative was launched in May 2015. In October 2017, members met with tech executives, Black employees, and nonprofit organiza... Read more

  • CBC Reacts to New Report on Diversity in Tech
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: #CBCTech2020

    The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) - led by Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), and Representatives G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) – today issued the following statements after the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, entitled “Diversity in the Technology Sector: Federal Agencies Could Improve Oversight of Equal Employment Opportunity Requirements.” In the report, GAO found that “no growth occurred for female and Black workers” over... Read more

  • CBC Urges Uber, Tech Industry to Address Diversity Deficit in Leadership
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: #CBCTech2020

    WASHINGTON - Today, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – led by Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), and Representatives G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) – sent a letter to Uber, calling on the ride-share service company and other technology companies to prioritize diversity when filling senior leadership positions. “When the Congressional Black Caucus Diversity Task Force launched CBC TECH 2020 in May 2015, we cautioned leaders in the tech community that it... Read more

  • CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield and Congresswoman Barbara Lee Call upon Uber and Lyft to Address Reports of Racial Discrimination
    Posted in Press Releases on November 4, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: #CBCTech2020

    Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) call upon ride-share service companies, Uber and Lyft, to address reports of racial discrimination following a study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). “We are concerned with findings from the NBER study that show evidence of discrimination against African American riders attempting to use ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft as a means of transportation,” said Cha... Read more

  • Black lawmakers press Facebook on ads that exclude users by race
    Posted in In the News on November 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: #CBCTech2020

    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are pressing Facebook to change an advertising feature that allows advertisers to exclude certain racial groups. “We are writing to express our deep concerns with reports that Facebook’s 'Ethnic Affinities' advertising customization feature allows for advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups when placing housing advertisements,” they wrote in a letter to Facebook on Tuesday. “This is in direct violation of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, an... Read more

  • Facebook must stop ads that exclude races: lawmakers
    Posted in In the News on November 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: #CBCTech2020

    The Congressional Black Caucus has called on Facebook to stop allowing advertisers to exclude racial and ethnic groups when placing housing ads in what lawmakers say is a violation of federal anti-discrimination housing laws. "We are writing to express our deep concerns with reports that Facebook’s 'Ethnic Affinities' advertising customization feature allows for advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups when placing housing advertisements," members of the caucus wrote in a letter ... Read more

  • CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield and Rep. Robin Kelly Condemn Discriminatory Housing Practices of Facebook Advertising
    Posted in Press Releases on November 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: #CBCTech2020

    Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) condemn Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for its use of “Ethnic Affinities” advertising that allows users to exclude groups based on race and ethnicity in clear violation of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. “We have witnessed exclusion and discriminatory practices among popular social media platforms once before," said Chairman Butterfield. “Racism and discrimination in any form should never be tol... Read more

  • Congressional Black Caucus Reviews CBC Tech 2020 Initiative a Year After Its Inception
    Posted in In the News on June 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: #CBCTech2020

    Last year, the Congressional Black Caucus launched the CBC Tech 2020 Initiative to address the lack of African American talent in the technology pipeline. On its one-year anniversary, the initiative is still going strong. Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), co-chairs of the CBC Diversity Taskforce and CBC TECH 2020, released the CBC TECH 2020 Year in Review, a report that highlights CBC efforts to increase African American i... Read more

  • Cbc Tech 2020 Releases Year in Review
    Posted in Press Releases on June 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: #CBCTech2020

    Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), co-chairs of the CBC Diversity Taskforce and CBC TECH 2020, released the CBC TECH 2020 Year in Review, a report which highlights CBC efforts to increase African American inclusion in the technology sector. “When we launched CBC TECH 2020, we set out to change the workforce landscape of the tech industry, making it more diverse and inclusive of African American talent,” said CBC Chairman B... Read more

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