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Google's charitable branch will give $11.5 million to 10 different organizations that fight racial injustice, per CNN. The largest grant, $5 million, will go to the Center for Policing Equity — a New York think tank that's helping to create a database to track police interactions with citizens.

Google engineers will also lend their time and experience to help the organization's efforts. Justin Steele, a principal at Google.org, told CNN that after the police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling last summer, several engineers in the Black Googlers Network were looking to gain access to national policing data. Once they got their hands on it, they realized that the data was minimal, and that's when Google stepped in.

A hint of irony: As CNN points out, Google has struggled to diversify its company. Only 2% of Google employees are black and 3% are Hispanic, according to its diversity report released in June 2016.

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