MMTC Calls for Inter-Agency Task Force to End App Redlining

by mmtcbbsj on January 13, 2017

Redlined App Map - 925kissfmWASHINGTON, D.C. (January 13, 2016):  Today, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) released a letter to NTIA Director and Assistant Secretary of Commerce Lawrence Strickling recommending that NTIA take the lead in creating an inter-agency taskforce on app redlining.  The taskforce would address the growing problem of racial discrimination facilitated by apps in commerce, housing, banking, employment, transportation, and public accommodations.

MMTC President and CEO Kim Keenan issued the following statement:

“App Redlining is the modern version of discrimination against people of color and their communities.  Unfortunately, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1968 Fair Housing Act do not apply to app redlining.   While some companies are taking steps to prevent discrimination from being facilitated by their apps, other companies continue to profit from racial discrimination that is illegal everywhere except the internet.  The scope of this problem requires that it be addressed through an inter-agency task force led by NTIA with guidance from the White House.”

As the leading social justice organization in the media, telecom, and high tech fields, MMTC stands ready to assist NTIA and both the outgoing and incoming administrations in addressing this critical issue.  MMTC will highlight the issue of app redlining at our upcoming Broadband & Social Justice Summit and FinTech Empowerment Forum on February 7, 2017, in Washington, DC.  

The full letter is available here.
Information on the Broadband and Social Justice Summit is available here.

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About MMTC:

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) is a non-partisan, national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecom and broadband industries, and closing the digital divide. MMTC is generally recognized as the nation’s leading advocate for minority advancement in communications.


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