NPR: Pew study shows fewer African-Americans using the Internet than whites. What does this mean?

I appeared on NPR’s Tell Me More program today to join a discussion sparked by a new study from the Pew Research Center which found that fewer African-Americans are using the internet than whites, and that there is a bigger gap when you look at internet usage in the home. Simultaneously, study also shows relatively high cell phone and smartphone usage among minorities. NPR host Michel Martin asked her guests whether this study is this indicative of a larger racial gap in tech, and what this data means.

You can listen to the streaming audio of the episode below.

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Yes, we still have to talk about Blacks in Tech

As the official Hashtagologist™ for the #NPRBlacksinTech hashtag being curated by Tell Me More, I’ve been asked to give you a recap of what’s been happening so far on social media. But I also think it’s important to at some of the discussions and comments that have come from readers and commenters like yourself in addition to official participants. #NPRBlacksinTech is an important conversation, not just for twenty days this month, but also for the coming weeks and years — though hopefully not for decades! To start, here’s a  quick quiz.

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