Civil Rights Violations in the Face of Technological Change

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Civil Rights Violations in the Face of Technological Change

April 22, 2019 | by Dominique HarrisonThe Aspen Institute

To many Americans, the civil rights movement is part of our country’s history—something that happened in the 1960s. However, as the author argues in this article, people of color continue to fight for their civil rights—particularly in the realm of emerging technologies and algorithmic bias. Because algorithms are based on historical data, they perpetuate bias against people of color. This leads to unequal access to housing, schools, loans, employment, etc. Harrison, a senior project manager at the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, explains the areas in which communities of color face challenges to their civil rights due to technology and offers some solutions in her article here.