Why is the site black right now?
The United States of America is confronting—again—the reality of both systemic
racism and police brutality, which is disproportionately directed at people of
Along with many other sites, we have turned this site black to point to the
importance of black lives, and to express our solidarity with the people of
color in this country, who have continually experienced racism in forms both
subtle and overt for many centuries.
We know that this kind of visual gesture is often just performative, and that
too often it stands in for actually doing something. We make this
small change as a visual symbol of our stance—but we’re also working in our
own ways in our own communities to make things better, pursuing justice and
peace. In our podcast, we will be discussing a book by a black feminist in
July—a decision we made well before this latest moment of horrific injustice.
Racism is a problem with deep and structural roots in American society, and we
could not reasonably talk about the ethics and epistemology of technology
without technology’s effects on racism and racism’s effects on
technology in America and beyond.
Inevitable? (Live at NC State)
Self-driving cars, the limits of technology, and the tension between the personal and the communal.
Talking about self-driving cars and the tensions between public safety and personal responsibility, and between technological possibility and cultural norms.
- Stephen meant “Black Beauty” rather than “Black Betsy”.
- Mat Honan’s piece we referred to was on BuzzFeed, not Wired.
Before You Go
JetBrains gets subscription pricing right!
- Original post: “Introducing JetBrains Toolbox, easier access to your coding tools, more control and flexibility, and a lower entry price”
- Follow-up: “We are listening”
- Announcement of updated model: “Final update on the JetBrains Toolbox announcement”
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- Jeremy W. Sherman
- Jeremy Cherfas
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