Big Brother is Watching

Depending on your age and perhaps, the politics of your local school board, the first time you probably read or heard the phrase, “Big brother is watching” was in the book (or the movie!) by George Orwell called 1984. In the movie, the citizens were being monitored by the government to keep everyone in theirContinue reading “Big Brother is Watching”

Bias in the Machine

Twitter’s image cropping program that automatically focuses on white faces and ignores black faces Google labeling Black people as primates Facial recognition algorithms that misidentify Black images Bank loan software that penalizes Black and brown credit applicants Industry accepted terminology such as “black list” and “white list” Technology can be as biased or as neutralContinue reading “Bias in the Machine”

Online Support of Black-Owned Businesses

This week I learned about a photographer who posted a list of Black-owned businesses to her company site. It has received a high level of attention from business owners and consumers. Why this seemingly sudden national interest in supporting Black businesses? Because, as Americans, our first inclination to help someone suffering or in trouble isContinue reading “Online Support of Black-Owned Businesses”

What a difference a few days (or a decade) makes!

As the coronavirus is continuing to disrupt our families, nation and the world over the past several days, I wanted to take a moment to count my blessings. I am thankful that working in IT has provided a steady income for most of the past 10 years. I have been able to share my knowledgeContinue reading “What a difference a few days (or a decade) makes!”