IBM, Name for Code and the Linux Basis announce new open supply initiatives to combat racism

The Linux Foundation announced last week that it is hosting seven open source projects in partnership with IBM and David Clark Cause’s Call for Code for Racial Justice.

Background: Call for Code for Racial Justice was launched late last year to seek solutions from the global coding community.

The aim of the challenge is to develop novel open source solutions that are supported by IBM and partner technologies such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence. There are currently seven “solution starters” now hosted by the Linux Foundation.

According to Ruth Davis, director of IBM Call for Code:

These applications emerged from an internal IBM program called the Call for Code Emb (Race) Challenge, in which Black IBM employees, supported by Red Hat’s BUILD (Blacks United in Leadership and Diversity) community, and allies developed technology solutions that to address the problem of systemic racism.

The Linux Foundation’s seven initiatives per blog post include:

  • Fair Change: A platform to collect, catalog, and access evidence of potentially racially charged incidents to enable transparency, re-education, and reforms based on public interest and safety.
  • Take two: [This project] aims to reduce the distortion of digital content, whether overt or subtle, with an emphasis on text in news articles, headlines, web pages, blogs, and even code.
  • Five-fifths voters: This web app enables minorities to exercise their right to vote and helps ensure their voice is heard by determining optimal voting strategies and limiting problems of repression.
  • Legit Info: Local legislation can have a significant impact on areas as far-reaching as jobs, the environment, and safety. Legit Info helps individuals understand the legislation that shapes their lives.
  • Incident Accuracy Reporting System: This platform enables witnesses and victims to confirm evidence or provide additional information from multiple sources against an official police report.
  • Open Sentencing: To help public defenders better serve their customers and make a stronger case, Open Sentencing shows racial bias in data such as demographics.
  • Truth Loop: This app helps communities understand the policies, regulations, and laws that affect them the most.

Take quickly: Politicians do not appear to solve the problem of racial injustice for us, no matter how hard we vote. Fortunately, in the modern world, racism often manifests itself through digitally traceable means. And that means we can fight it with technology.

Call for Code is an unwavering force forever, and just like its previous efforts to combat climate change and reduce the damage caused by natural disasters, it is a necessary target for its efforts. There are few problems in society more pressing than racial injustices, and arguably none more ripe for attack by an eager global coding community.

For more information, see the Call for Code for Racial Justice website here.

Published on February 22, 2021 – 20:04 UTC

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