Facets: Issue 25

November 12, 2016

November 9th

CODE2040
"my feelings of shock and devastation at the rhetoric that has dominated our news cycles stem...from a sense that our systems are even more broken than we have realized or acknowledged"

Now more than ever, CODE2040's work is especially important. Their response to the election results describes feeling disgust, fear, anger, and sadness— but also compassion. CODE2040 want to use that compassion to define our communities, practice inclusion, and grow and heal in the process. They also remind those struggling that they are there to offer support, help, clarity, solitiude, and everything in between.

After the digital divide

Danilo Campos
"The world after the digital divide is filled with opportunity, expansion and transformation. I think you’ll be surprised by people’s ingenuity."

An excerpt from a tech summit speech Campos gave after election day; he describes the importance of the internet in his formative years, and the fortuitous foundations it laid for his future as someone who was born far from Silicon Valley— geographically and otherwise. Campos underlines the importance of offering internet access to rural America and bridging the digital divide, creating a "path to a future where we choose shared prosperity over divisiveness and fear."

An Iranian Immigrant Attends #SXSL at the White House

Naz Riahi
"All of this, in the midst of a great migration crisis and the ironic anti-immigrant sentiment of a country built by and for people from other places."

On October 3rd, SXSL was held on the White House Lawn, celebrating those using technology for social change. Riahi, founder of Bitten, was one of those in attendance. Here she recounts not just the experience of SXSL, but what it took to get there, and what its very presence and persistence means to her and to America's future. President Obama responded a month later, and encouraged more people like Riahi to share their journeys.

How Vine Overlooked the People of Color Who Made It Amazing

Latoya Peterson
"The most popular Viners came up with sketches and concepts based on banality. Many of those creators were people of color."

By now, everyone knows that Vine is shutting down. In this piece, Peterson digs into what made Vine great, in spite of its desire to be "a quirky HGTV." Many of Vine's most successful users were people of color: King Bach, Allicattt, Darius Benson, and QPark. Peterson describes the consequences of Vine perpetually overlooking these influential users, and asks why they were overlooked in the first place, in a digital space where "being your weird self is not just encouraged, but required."

To Be A Young Black Man Working In An Office Full of White People

Derrius Quarles
"Be open to the unfortunate, but very real, possibility that some of your Black and Latinx employees are very uncomfortable within your office culture."

Quarles' narrative of working at DoSomething.org aims to force the company to acknowledge the toxic culture, woven through the simplest of everyday interactions, that drove him away. In addition to reminding those being mistreated that they need not apologise for feeling marginalised, he challenges those in power— CEOs, founders, leaders — to take an honest look at their companies and acknowledge that their minority employees may not feel safe, and acknowledge that issue head-on.

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