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With ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Laws & Abortion Bans, Student Surveillance Raises New Risks

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LGBT Tech’s Chris Wood interview regarding the risks of student surveillance amidst abortion bans and legislative attacks against the LGBTQ+ community featured in an article by The 74

The risks of student surveillance amid abortion bans and LGBTQ restrictions

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LGBT Tech’s Chris Wood featured in an article published by The Guardian regarding the risks of student surveillance amidst abortion bans and legislative attacks against the LGBTQ+ community.

Parents want to keep their kids safe online. But are parental controls the answer?

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LGBT Tech’s Chris Wood featured in an article by Mozilla on the risks of parental controls for LGBTQ+ youth.

Confusion Can Make for Good Politics, but Bad Economics

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LGBT Tech mentioned in article published by Inside Sources on the American Innovation and Choice Online Act.

"Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., the lead sponsor of the bill’s companion legislation in the House, has deemed Republican supporters’ framing of the content-moderation issue 'completely false.' Others aren’t so certain. The LGBT Technology Institute has expressed concern that the 'ability of tech companies to moderate hateful and extremist content and remove toxic services is extremely important to LGBTQ+ individuals.'"

Extending Digital Opportunities to LGBTQ+ Communities: An Interview With LGBT Tech

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LGBT Tech's Chris Wood and Kristen Kelley are interviewed in an article published by Computing on the importance of the work that LGBT Tech does. In the article, they discuss LGBT Tech, PowerOn, and the PATHS Program.

"Chris Wood, Co-founder and Executive Director, explains why this research was needed:
'There's very limited research when it comes to the LGBTQ community historically because any data collection, even pre computers, was typically used against our community. Laws and tools were used to punish and out our community, so people would lose jobs, homes and economic status.'

Pride Month: How Technology Protects, Hinders the LGBTQ+ Community

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LGBT Tech's joint SOGI report with Future of Privacy Forum is featured in article published by Channel Futures.

"Christopher Wood is executive director of LGBT Tech and a co-author of the report. 'For much of the LGBTQ+ youth, the internet is the only place they feel safe to express their sexuality and connect with other LGBTQ+ youth. Potential violations can lead to privacy harms in the form of online outings and harassment.'"

LGBT Tech Partners with Facebook's LGBTQ+ Safety Center

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LGBT Tech is listed as an advocacy partner on Facebook's LGBTQ+ Safety Center page.

"The Page is a resource for anyone seeking support and help for issues specifically related to online safety for the LGBTQ+ community. Whether for yourself, a friend or family member, you will find information on tools and resources available across Facebook’s platforms to help safeguard your experience online."

Five Things for Families to Know About LGBTQ+ Teens’ Safety and Privacy Online

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LGBT Tech's joint fact sheet with the National CyberSecurity Alliance is linked in article published by Meta that gives tips and resources to families about how to protect and support LGBTQ+ teens.
Check out the fact sheet here: https://staysafeonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/LGBTQ-Community-Online-Security_Final-1.pdf

"If I Don't Do it Who Will?" Employee Communities in Tech

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Computing publishes an article featuring LGBT Tech's Chris Wood. The article examines whether ERGs (Employee Resource Groups) can act as genuine engines of progress to a more inclusive workplace.

"It's really telling when a company forms a DEI [diversity, equity and inclusion] group and puts no money behind it. That is asking the employees to go ahead and be the voice for the company around that diversity. Most people that join those groups or create those groups are very passionate about it and are looking to take that on and it's important to recognize that, but that is very distinct from the situations where a company says that they want to create a group, but that group is completely responsible for all the training and education."

LGBT Tech Mentioned in ZDNet Article on How Tech Companies Can Honor Pride Month

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LGBT Tech is mentioned and the PATHS program is linked in an article published by ZDNet. The article focuses on the importance of understanding how technology and digital issues negatively affect the LGBTQ+ community and how technology organizations can respond.

"LGBT Tech is an organization that provides information, education, and outreach about tech-related issues that affect LGBTQ+ people. It states science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) employers hire disproportionately few LGBTQ+ workers, compared to the percentage of the U.S. population that identifies as such."

Activists Mobilize Against Texas Social Media Overreach

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Texas Signal publishes article featuring LGBT Tech’s Carlos Gutierrez on Texas social media law HB20.

Texas Social Media Law Will Cause “Chaos” Online, Supreme Court is Told

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Ars Technica publishes an article mentioning LGBT Tech Institute’s signing of a brief urging the US Supreme Court to block the Texas Law, HB20.

Musk’s ‘Free Speech’ Twitter policies could harm LGBTQ communities

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The Washington Blade publishes an article by LGBT Tech's Carlos Gutierrez discussing how disallowing anonymity on Twitter poses grave risks to queer users everywhere.

The LGBTQ+ community, telehealth, and rural broadband access

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The Washington Blade publishes article by LGBT Tech on the importance of telehealth services and rural access to broadband in honor of LGBTQ+ Health Awareness Week 2022.

Home Office accused of ‘scaremongering’ campaign over messaging encryption

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The UK government has been accused of undertaking a “scaremongering” campaign against end-to-end encryption (E2EE) in a letter signed by internet experts and digital rights campaigners.

Tech & Equality Podcast

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LGBT Tech's Chris Wood: Finding Community

VR Pride For Everyone: The Potential of VR Technology to Foster LGBTQ+ Community Building

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VR technology is the exciting next frontier for LGBTQ+ visibility.

Facebook's eyebrow-raising Ray-Bans

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Axios publishes article featuring LGBT Tech’s Carlos Gutierrez discussing Facebook’s new Ray-Ban AR glasses, in which he talks about potential privacy risks of the glasses for the LGBTQ+ community.

Outing of a priest and data privacy in the LGBTQ community

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The Washington Blade publishes op-ed by LGBT Tech’s Carlos Gutierrez describing concerns around data privacy for the LGBTQ+ community regarding the outing of a Catholic priest via data tracking.

Changing the equation on LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion

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LGBTQ+ tech advocates show the key role CIOs can play in catalyzing the change necessary in business practices and technology design to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse society.

Changing the equation on LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion

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LGBTQ+ tech advocates show the key role CIOs can play in catalyzing the change necessary in business practices and technology design to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse society.

How to Effectively Pursue Gender Diversity in Talent Recruitment

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Christopher Wood, Co-Founder of LGBT Tech, talks about how to improve the LGBTQ+ candidate pipeline.

California State Senator Bill Dodd’s Broadband Connectivity Bill Clears Key Committee

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SACRAMENTO – Californians came a step closer gaining more reliable and equitable access to high-speed internet service on Wednesday when a key committee approved legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would greatly improve connectivity, especially for low-income and underserved communities, by removing local government roadblocks to the expansion of broadband service.

13 organizations that support LGBTQ+ tech workers

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Offering networking, mentorship, and career development opportunities, these 13 professional orgs foster community for LGBTQ+ workers in an industry that isn’t always welcoming.

LGBT Tech partners with Crown Castle in D.C.

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LGBT Tech, a nonprofit that encourages early adoption and use of new technologies and that engages with public policy leaders, recently announced a partnership with Crown Castle in D.C.

US evangelicals targeted LGBT young people with ‘dehumanising’ Facebook and YouTube ads

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A US evangelical Christian group has used Facebook and YouTube to target LGBT young people with ‘dehumanising’ video ads.

Discounted Phones Save Lives of Homeless LGBT Teens - Now They Might Be Taken Away

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Nationwide, nearly two in five homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. That adds up to 650,000 young people on our streets who face special risk of bullying, discrimination, and assault. To stay safe, they rely on something simple — a wireless phone.

Fostering Change for Children Joins National PowerOn Program

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PowerOn kicks off a partnership with Fostering Change for Children with a donation of laptops and portable charging devices, which will be distributed to individuals who complete programming through the UpFront program.

Brooklyn Community Pride Center Joins National PowerOn Program

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PowerOn kicks off a partnership with the Brooklyn Community Pride Center with a donation of laptops and portable charging devices, which will be distributed to individuals who complete programming as well as be housed in the Center for classes and other group use

Innovation Hub will eliminate barriers for new business owners

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The Innovation Hub would be the center of innovation in Staunton bringing community members and business people together

Blockchain to make 'pink economy' visible, fight LGBT abuses: charity

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Blockchain can help the LGBT community flex its economic muscle and fight rights abuses globally

Homeless LGBTQ Youth To Receive Phones from ecoATM Gazelle and PowerOn Partnership

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Homeless LGBTQ youth will receive smart phones so they can access crucial online resources thanks to a donation partnership between San Diego-based ecoATM Gazelle and PowerOn.

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach Joins National PowerOn Program

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PowerOn kicks off a partnership with The LGBTQ Center Long Beach with a donation of hotspots and Chromebooks to assist youth with schoolwork and facilitate access to supportive resources.

When tech solutions really matter

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From helping the homeless to building communities, people are harnessing tech in unexpectedly life-changing ways.

For Homeless LGBTQ Teens, a Phone Can Be a Lifesaver

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As Christopher Wood sees it, a cell phone saved his life. Now he's working to provide the same lifeline to teens today whose circumstances were once his own: young, alone, and at risk.