New Open Source Projects to Confront Racial Justice

Today the Linux Foundation announced that it would be hosting seven projects that originated at Call for Code for Racial Justice an initiative driven by IBM to urge the global developer ecosystem and open source community to contribute to solutions that confront racial inequalities.

Launched by IBM in October 2020 Call for Code for Racial Justice facilitates the adoption and innovation of open source projects by developers ecosystem partners and communities across the world to promote racial justice across three distinct focus areas Police amp Judicial Reform and Accountability Diverse Representation and Policy amp Legislation Reform.

The initiative builds upon Call for Code created by IBM in 2018 and has grown to over 400000 developers and problem solvers in 179 countries.

As part of todays announcement the Linux Foundation and IBM unveiled two new solution starters Fair Change and TakeTwo.

Fair Change is a platform to help record catalog and access evidence of potentially racially charged incidents to enable transparency reeducation and reform as a matter of public interest and safety. For example real-world video footage related to routine traffic stops stop and search or other scenarios may be recorded and accessed by the involved parties and authorities to determine whether the incidents were handled in a biased manner. Fair Change consists of a mobile application for iOS and Android built using React Native an API for capturing data from various sources built using Node JS. It also includes a website with a geospatial map view of incidents built using Google Maps and React. Data can be stored in a cloud-hosted database and object-store. Visit the tutorial or project page to learn more.

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