So, Google is in the news this week, and not in a good way. The company fired Timnit Gebru, co-leader of its Ethical Artificial Intelligence team, and her release to the marketplace was not amiable. Gebru announced her departure on Twitter after it happened, and immediately made it clear that it was hinky. She said … Continue reading There Are No Winners, Only Losers in the Timnit Gebru-Google Situation
Actually, now that I look at that title, I don’t know what you might think about that interesting pairing LOL, but it’s not as weird as it sounds. Jill Scott released a little video on the ‘Gram yesterday, and I want to comment on it because it’s light and heartwarming and positive. I’ve been a … Continue reading Patti LaBelle, Diamonds and Spinach – It’s Not What You Think
Some days I feel like a spectator in this really weird game of media bumper cars. As a career journalist, I have inside knowledge of how the media works. The good, the bad, and we all know things can get very ugly. But lately things seem especially wretched. Huge companies that have a huge impact … Continue reading Media Influence Is so Bad, Apple Wants to Teach Critical Thinking
Hello? Police? Yeah. I’d like to report yet another instance of black people being erased from history. Yeah. This time it’s Australian actress Rebel Wilson. She was doing promo for her new film, “Isn’t It Romantic” and had the cheek to tell Ellen Degeneres on Wednesday that she is the first plus-sized actress to lead … Continue reading Rebel Wilson, You Are Not the First
Ordinarily I disdain politics. Watching that pitiful reality show unfolding each day in the White House is like perpetual constipation, all useless poots and annoying belly pains. But what kind of journalist would I be if I ignored this week’s juicy happenings around Michael Cohen, long time Trump lawyer, who pled guilty to eight criminal … Continue reading Censorship vs. Foreign Meddling: Who Should Win in the Battle for Social Media?
There’s nothing worse than a leader who refuses to admit when he or she is wrong. That goes for companies too. If you’re a leader in your industry, a household name, whatever, that does not make you perfect – that just makes you popular. Therefore, if you do something wrong, own up to it already. … Continue reading Google, Just Come Clean Already
It’s been more than a year since Google published its diversity statistics, starting a trend amid the big Silicon Valley tech companies and confirming what women and minorities already knew: The industry is mostly populated by white and Asian men.
But, unlike some of the big name tech leaders, Google is doing something about it. According to Business Insider, today the company’s VP of people operations Nancy Lee published a blog post outlining the concrete ways the company has changed its numbers in the past year, and its plans for 2015.
Lee told USA Today Google spent $115 million on diversity initiatives in 2014, and plans to spend $150 million this year. According to Lee’s blog post, those efforts and resources will focus on four key areas: Continue reading “Diversity at Google Off to a Good Start #diversity #technology”
Google’s lead in releasing its diversity data has other tech companies talking. But are these organizations measuring the right things, and what should they do next to advance diversity and inclusion in the tech industry? Continue reading Diversity Metrics that Matter #metrics #diversity #inclusion
In recent weeks many of the big tech companies in Silicon Valley have released diversity numbers detailing a significant lack thereof within their organizations. Aside from poor showings in gender and racial diversity, one dimension that has not been shared via metrics? Age. Continue reading Is Silicon Valley Ageist? #diversity #inclusion