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On a painful morning in America, after the first night of curfew anyone can remember in San Francisco, the beating heart of Silicon Valley, I wish I could tell you something profound about what this all means for the technology industry.
Corporate leaders, some sincere and others less so, will profess their solidarity with the protesters. Venture capitalists will search their souls, [insert soulless VC joke here] about the lack of diversity among the entrepreneurs they fund. We can debate ad nauseum the different approaches Facebook and Twitter are taking to regulate the hateful and incendiary speech on their publishing platforms.
But it doesn’t add up to much. So-called social media may have provided the fuel, but it didn’t ignite the flames.
The country is ailing. Too few leaders are leading. And even when they do, including mayors who require their citizens to shelter in place to blunt a virus or curb the violence, their constituents can’t calmly agree to disagree about their intentions.
There’s plenty that’s exciting, interesting, new, lamentable, and otherwise noteworthy about what’s going on in tech today. Aaron will summarize a lot of it below.
I’m going to wait just a bit to see if any of it feels nearly as relevant as the public-health and societal tragedies unfolding around us.
This edition of Data Sheet was curated by Aaron Pressman.