Welcome to Tuesday.
“Technology has always been a double-edged sword for black people in America and beyond. On the one hand, it can pose a grave threat; on the other, great opportunity.”
An excerpt from, “The Antidote to Authoritarianism” published Monday in The Atlantic. The piece written by Malkia A. Cyril explores digital democracy in the absence of open internet and how it could essentially weaken the battle against racially biased high-tech policing. Her words are worth sharing and marinating on today.
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If you look at the metrics that matter, then you can honestly say that Atlanta is the world’s leading technology startup ecosystem for black founders, collectively raising over $150 million in capital since 2013.
RODNEY SAMPSON | HUFFINGTON POST
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based OnceLogix went directly to consumers, cold-calling potential clients and going to conferences to spread the word. The result: Its software has gained traction in 11 states, with a 12th, Texas, in the works.
AMY FELDMAN | FORBES
As the founders of the fashion-conscious digital app, Cosign, Esosa Ighodaro and Abiodun Johnson got together after meeting in a Subway station, where Johnson complemented Ighodaro on her outfit. They’re part of a select group of software engineers and developers who have managed to keep their app afloat in tough waters.
DAMOLA DUROSOMO | OKAY AFRICA
A principal investigator for the grant and assistant professor of computer science at Shaw says the grant will supplement current student internship relationships with agencies like NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security, along with pipelines to major tech development companies.
“The new space will allow Black Dot to continue providing vital co-working space, training, resources, community and connections to help entrepreneurs, creatives and technologists pursue their dreams and achieve economic sustainability,” said Black Dot co-founder Mujale Chisebuka, in a statement.
CHERYL V. JACKSON | CHICAGO TRIBUNE