Welcome to TechCrunch Mixtape the TechCrunch podcast that looks at how technology impacts culture. Listen to TechCrunch Senior Reporter Megan Rose Dickey and Editorial Director Henry Pickavet as they discuss diversity and inclusion, and the human power that fuels the tech industry.
Behind the curtain of diversity theater
It’s fair to say that most people have heard about diversity reports. And it’s probably also fair to say that most of us have watched, sometimes with a metaphorical bucket of buttered popcorn, as companies crisis-comms their ways out of … crises. But most of us do not know what goes on behind the scenes.
On this episode of Mixtape, we chat with ex-Facebook, Twitter and Reddit employee Mark Luckie, author of the upcoming book Valley Girls, which details issues of diversity and inclusion through a fictional lens based heavily on real events.
Artificial intelligence and disability
This week, we chatted about artificial intelligence, disability and bias with Meredith Whittaker, co-founder of AI Now Institute, Mara Mills, associate professor of media, culture and communication at NYU and Sara Hendren, professor at Olin College of Engineering.
Making technology accessible for everyone
This week, Megan moderated a panel at the first Sight Tech Global, a conference dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers on how advances in AI and related technologies will alter the landscape of assistive technology.
The panel featured three heavy hitters in the accessibility space: Haben Girma, the first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School and who is a human rights lawyer advancing disability justice; Lainey Feingold, a disability rights lawyer who was on the team that negotiated the first web accessibility agreement in the U.S. in 2000; and George Kerscher, the chief innovations officer for the DAISY Consortium.
DEI work needs a structural response to a systemic issue
This week we spoke to Y-Vonne Hutchinson, the CEO of ReadySet, a consulting firm that works with companies to create more inclusive and equitable work environments. We discussed what a Biden administration means for DEI practitioners, how companies are now focusing more on structural change to systemic issues of racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination, and more.
Wellness in the time of the struggle
This week Marah Lidey, co-founder and co-CEO of Shine, joins us to discuss mental health, portfolio diversity and connecting with other founders trying to make it work.
Proposition 22 and the gig worker labor divide
On the first episode of Season 3 of Mixtape, we talked to two drivers, one on each side of the proposition. Vanessa Bain is an Instacart shopper who is opposed to Proposition 22. Earlier this year, she co-founded Gig Workers Collective, a nonprofit to fight for fair pay and better treatment for gig workers. She says the future of labor is at stake. On the other side is Doug Mead, an Uber Eats and Postmates driver who lives in Palm Springs and sits squarely in the Yes on 22 camp.
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Most of the content consists of the hosts trying to make each other laugh while offering very little insights into the topics being discussed.
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I don't know why I am listening to this. All I hear is "I haven't looked into it", "I don't own a tablet", "I won't be using this and that". Honestly, plenty of people want your job and actually love tech. Go work for TMZ or some blogs.