The recent Black Lives Matter protests have had some short-term impacts on the technology industry – companies have made statements, instituted minor policy changes and vowed solidarity with the protesters – but what remains to be seen is whether these changes will last
Few tech pros will deny that the industry has a lot of room for improvement. It is infamous for lacking diversity, especially among its coders, engineers and data scientists, who are predominantly white and Asian men. Black people represent only about 6% at the biggest tech companies' workforce, which is less than half what it should be if the industry were a microcosm of the nation's population—about 13% of Americans are Black.
Tech leaders have publicly vowed to diversify their workforce, but in the last half-