New Open Source Projects Combating Racism

New Open Source Projects Combating Racism

Summary

IBM, Call for Code, and the Linux Foundation announce new open source projects to combat racism by Tristan Greene discusses seven, innovative open source projects trying to combat racism. The seven projects are Fair Change, TakeTwo, Five Fifths Voter, Legit-Info, Incident Accuracy Reporting System, and Open Sentencing. Each project promotes racial equity through online mediums; examples include, fixing racially-biased facial recognition and artificial intelligence programs, promoting information accuracy, voting strategies, easy-to-read documentation of local laws and regulations, and collaborative-witness police reports.

Why should you read this article?

Greene’s article is hyper-focused. It is similar to a secretary’s meeting notes because Greene only states the programs’ objectives and intentions; he does not give his analysis on the programs’ effectiveness or legitimacy. Articles like this are unusual because of the internet’s politically charged culture. 

The article is structured in this format: introduction, project descriptions, and where to find more information. The project descriptions include their history and what they hope to accomplish. Most importantly, the project descriptions are thorough and simply worded.

Greene’s article does not leave much room for critiques or questions. He cites his sources, and he does not give his own take on the projects. This is important because many articles that push a specific view do not include a fair explanation of detractors views. However, articles like Greene’s are politically neutral. Overall, this allows readers to gauge their interest in the projects without feeling politically charged.

Critiques

The only issue with this article is that it excludes how to get involved. For example, what demographic are the projects looking for (i.e. people of color, writing skills, bilingual, volunteers or paid workers, etc…)? Including this information would help the reader define their role in the projects if they wanted to join. At the end of the article, Greene includes a link to learn more, but it would be more effective to disbursed links throughout the article.

Questions

  1. Who can contribute? Are these projects looking for people with a specific skill set or background? Are these projects looking for volunteers, new employees, or are they only open to employees at IBM, Call for Code, and the Linux Foundation? 
  2. What skills are necessary for each project?
  3. How can readers contribute to these projects?