Online and Black: Living In A Digital World

1Xtra Talks with Richie Brave

By BBC Radio 1Xtra

Online and Black: Living In A Digital World

Sunday, 11 August

Technology affects everything around us - from the legal system to the dating scene. The majority of the tech industry is run by white men - with ethnic minorities making up just 5% of the workforce. Online, black women are 84% more likely to be mentioned in abusive or problematic tweets. In a world that is becoming more and more reliant on digital technology, how is this likely to impact people from a marginalised background? Izzy Obeng is the founder of Foundervine - which helps young and diverse people to grow business ideas. Alex Lathbridge is a science and tech journalist, and co-founder of Minority STEM - a community promoting BAME individuals in science, technology, engineering and maths. Seyi Akiwowo is the founder of Glitch UK - an organisation that exists to end online abuse. Timi Ofarn is the co-founder of the Nerd Council - a content platform on online gaming. Stephanie Ijoma is the founder of NNESAGA - a platform celebrating diversity in gaming, comics and anime. Plus we hear from Yewande Biala - a contestant on Love Island 2019 - on her experience of trolling and building a brand online.
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