Is Big Tech Pro-Choice?

Tech companies fell short on “racial reckoning” promises. Are abortion rights next?

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Episode Notes

In light of the threat to Roe v. Wade, abortion rights advocates are asking many companies, including in the tech industry, to take a stand. But many industry leaders are silent, and could be poised to profit from data that tracks abortion providers, advocates, and patients. On this week’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by Bärí Williams, an expert on diversity in tech and artificial intelligence. They talk about the political, financial, and social priorities that may be keeping tech leaders quiet about the abortion issue.

Guest: Bärí Williams, an expert on diversity in tech and A.I. She’s also the COO of Bandwagon Fan Club Inc., a data and identity analytics tech company focused on sports and entertainment.

Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis.

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America doesn’t need another conversation about race. At least, not the kind we’ve been having … the ones that are sparked by a crisis and move quickly from shock to empty promises to forgetting. No. What America needs are REAL conversations about race—ones that shine a light on the facts, the history, and the reality of how race plays out in our politics and society. That’s what Slate offers each week on A Word … with Jason Johnson. A veteran political commentator, Johnson will bring his incisive wit to thoughtful discussions with leaders, journalists, and other change-makers who will tell the truth about America’s challenges around race and offer ideas on the way forward.

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