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Original Gatekeepers

It’s time to hop into the way, way back machine. We’re examining the history of Silicon Valley to better understand how we got to the current moment of racial inequity in tech. 

In this episode

Sinbad

Sinbad

Comedian, cohost of Blerd Empire podcast

Royce Adkins

Royce Adkins

Comic book author, cohost of Blerd Empire podcast

Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at MIT

Stephen Kearse

Stephen Kearse

Writer, reporter, critic

Adam Revclohe

Adam Revclohe

Software Engineer, Founder of Natives in Tech

Kimberley Johnson

Kimberley Johnson

Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis at NYU

Clyde Ford

Clyde Ford

Author, psychotherapist, software engineer

Jacqueline Gibson

Jacqueline Gibson

Software Engineer, Digital Equity Advocate

Highlights

“This technology that so many of us love and use every day has in its history this really dark past.”

Clyde Ford

“We have to go back to the question of what innovation is. It was always from the onset a very Western and white phenomenon. And this is not because other societies did not create things. It simply something that was popularized because of imperialism and colonialism.”

Chakanetsa Mavhunga

“Native people are the Indigenous people of this land. How are we forgotten?”

Adam Revclohe

“I think there are two things that become really intertwined in Silicon Valley: where people live and where they get to work. … Silicon Valley has this kind of a dark side of displacement of people of color.”

Kimberley Johnson

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