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Tech’s “feel-good” promises: Why Silicon Valley’s charity isn’t enough

Salon.com, 2/19/2014

Will the smartest guys in the room follow the lead of activists in the street? Will they throw their considerable money and resources behind the policy proposals coming out of grass-roots efforts like the citywide tenant convention held last weekend? Or will they continue to push for a combination of business-friendly reforms, charity and volunteering? “Charity is not the solution,” Feng Kung, another organizer of the protest, told me. “Unless tech gets on board with systemic solutions for displacement of working-class and poor communities, there won’t be anyone left to be charitable to.”