Monday, January 17, 2022

Google Pledges $11.5 Million Toward Organizations Fighting for Racial Equality

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*Google announced Thursday that its humanitarian arm, Google.org, has pledged a total of $11.5 million toward research and data analysis for organizations dedicated to achieving racial equality, reports CNN Tech.

Among the organizations funded by the company were the Equal Justice Initiative, Center for Policing Equity, Measures for Justice and Impact Justice. Most of the recipients are focused on criminal justice reform.

The idea for the pledge came after members of the company’s Black Googler Network researched national policing data after repeated high-profile incidents of police brutality over the summer, according to Justin Steele, principal at Google.org.

“We were finding that the data in this space is really minimal,” Steele told CNN Tech. “[So] we started looking at [giving] grants around data science, policing and sentencing.”

In 2015, Google gave $2.35 million to organizations involved in Black Lives Matter activism.

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