By Ann Brown
The story of Cambridge Analytica’s involvement with Facebook and the accessing of data for millions of Facebook users is troubling. But as Leah Wright Rigueur and Bärí A. Williams in a blog for Huffington Post, the whole incident illustrates why diversity in tech really does matter.
“While the deliberate political marginalization of racial minorities hasn’t changed over the decades, what has become increasingly clear as Facebook and Cambridge Analytica offered their alarming and convoluted narratives is that the technology that allows politicos to target these groups has evolved dramatically,” Rigueur and Williams wrote.
Rigueur is a historian and assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of “The Loneliness of the Black Republican.” Williams previously served as lead counsel for Facebook and created its supplier diversity program.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently testified before Congress about political, digital, and privacy abuses enabled by Facebook. Much of the controversy centers about the social media giant’s dealings with Cambridge Analytica, a data and political consulting firm that worked extensively on the president’s 2016 campaign. Click here to read entire article