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Code2040’s Karla Monterroso on desegregating the tech industry

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Code2040, CTRL+T podcast, Diversity, Karla Monterroso, Podcasts | 0 comments

Welcome back to CTRL+T, the TechCrunch podcast that connects the tech to the human. This week we talked about the beta release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system and some of the issues we have with the Memoji feature. We also discussed the fact that Microsoft improved its facial recognition tech, making it easier to identify darker skin tones. Oh great.

Finally, Karla Monterroso of Code2040 joined us in the studio to drop some pretty hard truths about diversity in tech. The CEO of Code2040, which aims to increase the representation of black and brown people in the industry, says that the tech workforce is segregated. In 2018. Think about that. And that often the burden to effect change from within a company is placed on those two or three — or one or two — black and Latinx folks.

“Managers are asking the brown people to be the tech Ruby Bridges and to come in and be full-throated in their opinions, but you are not setting up the safety mechanisms for those people to be able to do that safely,” Monterroso says. She added that there’s a lot of data that says people of color drop out in the second or third years of their tech careers because they’re often stepping into a hostile environment.

“You gotta be in this conversation thinking about risk and power,” Monterroso told us. “If I am a person and I am one or two black or Latinx people in this entire company… and I say, ‘hey this thing is wrong and it’s hurting me.’ …. It’s much riskier for that person because their economic security and their social security within their company is at stake.”

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Source: The Tech Crunch

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CTRL+T podcast: That time we talked about Apple, Kanye West and slavery

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Apple, CTRL+T podcast, kanye west, Podcasts, TC | 0 comments

Welcome back to CTRL+T, the TechCrunch podcast where Megan Rose Dickey and I talk about the stories we want to talk about and figure out what they mean in relation to life.

This week is Apple’s big developer conference, creatively called Worldwide Developers Conference (or WWDC), and TechCrunch was there. Each year the company showcases the things developers will be able to do in upcoming versions of Apple’s various operating systems (iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS). While there were a bunch of features that didn’t really elicit much excitement from either of us, there was one in particular that we are quite looking forward to: Memoji. We talk about it all and what messaging in general means out there in that big bad world of ours.

Also this week, Kanye West made his latest album, ye, available on platforms other than Tidal, which is a departure from what he did for the release of his 2016 release, Pablo. We talked about that for a second. Because these days you can’t have a conversation about the rapper without getting into his recent comments about American slavery having been a choice. So we did that.

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Source: The Tech Crunch

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Shonda Rhimes talks move from network TV to Netflix

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in CTRL+T, CTRL+T podcast, Diversity, Media, Netflix, Podcasts, shonda rhimes, shondaland, TC | 0 comments

 When Shonda Rhimes, the creator of network hits like Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, announced her new contract with Netflix, it marked yet another win for the digital media world. TechCrunch recently sat down with Rhimes to hear what we can expect to see from her on Netflix, the importance of diversity and inclusion and media, and more. Read More
Source: The Tech Crunch

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