Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

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At Lifewire, we’ve done far too little for far too long.

We have too few BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) editors, writers, photographers, and illustrators. Our content strategy efforts do not consistently consider the unique technology challenges of BIPOC communities. We have never systematically reviewed our existing content for racial bias.

This is absolutely unacceptable and we must change.

Addressing these issues is the core of our commitment moving forward, and it begins now.

Our Commitment

  • We will diversify our teams. Our content is written, edited, and managed by teams of staff and freelancers, all of which must be more diverse. By December 31, 2020, we pledge that 20% of our greater team will be composed of BIPOC editors, writers, reviewers, and other creatives.
  • We will audit our existing content for racial bias. Most of our content is evergreen, meaning people find and read it long after it was originally published, so it’s important that we look closely at our existing library. By December 31, 2020, we pledge to review (and update as needed) content representing 40% of our traffic for racial bias in our text, photography, and illustrations.
  • We will create content around the digital divide and other technology challenges facing BIPOC. Technology is more than a smartphone or tablet; it’s also about people and their levels of access to the internet, hardware, education, security, and more. By November 30, 2020, we commit to creating and actively promoting a collection of content around the digital divide. We also commit by this date to incorporate a new layer of diversity consideration in our content strategy process.

This is not the end of our commitment. We will continue to educate ourselves and expect our goals to expand as we learn more over the next several months and beyond, especially as we diversify the voices on our team.

We also know there is no progress without accountability so we promise to be fully transparent and provide, on a quarterly basis, a detailed update on the status of our goals that quarter and what our next set of specific goals will be for the next 90 days. You’ll find those updates appended to this document.

Please let us know at feedback@lifewire.com if you have additional ideas about how we can continue to improve.

Sincerely,

Tim, Sally, Bob, Jerri, Rob, Kyree, Molly, Kevin, Alan, Alice, & Ajay
Lifewire Editorial Team

Black Lives Matter!

Progress Report

Our first quarterly progress report, for Q3 2020, will be provided here in November, 2020.