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Fast Company

Fast Company reporter Mark Wilson spotlights Prof. Ekene Ijeoma’s project, A Counting, which aims to capture audio recordings of the more than 1,300 languages that Americans speak. “The question for A Counting is how we can count to a whole using everyone’s voices to represent,” says Ijeoma, “not just languages, but voices and accents as a way of representing their cultural and ethnic identities.”

The Boston Globe

Dean Melissa Nobles describes her research “unearthing records that tell the stories of yesterday’s George Floyds” and the importance of such historical data. Solutions to state-sponsored racial violence, explains Nobles, “depend, in part, on solid data about police violence and its victims… we must not forget the thousands of Black victims of police violence whose graves lay unmarked and lives unsung.”

Axios

Axios reporter Erica Pandey writes that a study by Prof. Thomas Kochan underscores how the Covid-19 pandemic has uncovered longstanding shortcomings in worker power. "The key to going from isolated protests at a place like Amazon or Walmart to a force that’s really going to get the company to respond is the customer," says Kochan."Customers are the hidden source of power for workers."

Science

The Media Lab presented its Disobedience Award to several leading figures behind the #MeToo movement, including two scientists who have helped to raise awareness about sexual harassment in the field of science, reports Meredith Wadman for Science.

Wired

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Joi Ito, director of the Media Lab, writes for Wired about the uses of AI in the criminal justice system, and why we should use such technologies to examine causes of systemic injustice. “We’re using algorithms as crystal balls to make predictions on behalf of society,” writes Ito, “when we should be using them as a mirror to examine ourselves and our social systems more critically.”