Diversity

An iOS 11 feature could let you quickly disable TouchID and keep cops out

 TouchID has always been a legal grey area when it came to cops and border patrol asking you to fork over your phone. But with the new update in iOS 11, that no longer seems to be a problem. Read More

Survey adds detail to patterns of sexism and harassment in the tech industry

 The problem of sexism is front and center in the technology industry right now, but for those not directly affected (read: men like me) the problem can languish in the middle: too close to see the scale of it, but not close enough to see the details. A new survey of tech workers fills out this picture nicely, and identifies interesting — and depressing — contrasts in… Read More

After Charlottesville, more web service providers ditch The Daily Stormer for TOS violations

The Daily Stormer, a U.S. white supremacist website which self-bills as “The World’s Most Genocidal Republican Website” and includes a discussion board on “Nazi lifestyle”, currently appears to be offline. Several more web services companies have said they have dropped it as a customer. Read More

Embrace empathy

 Two unconnected events that splashed controversy over the tech industry this week share the same underlying theme: Empathy. Or rather a lack of it. Read More

Google’s Sundar Pichai cancels internal meeting on gender issues in light of online harassment concerns

 Google CEO Sundar Pichai was expected to hold an all-hands meeting this afternoon in light of now-former Google engineer James Damore’s post about differences between men and women. Shortly before it was scheduled to start, Pichai sent out a note to employees letting them know it’s cancelled.  Read More

These 10 tech companies are doing the best at diversity, according to Comparably

 It’s been quite a week in tech, with now-former Google engineer James Damore’s controversial post about gender going viral and his subsequent firing. So, right on cue, workplace culture and company review platform Comparably has come out with a ranking of the top 10 tech companies for people of color, as well as the top 10 for women. Since gender is top of mind for a lot of… Read More

Amazon faces lawsuit alleging discrimination against a transgender employee

 Amazon is facing a lawsuit from two former employees that alleges the company harassed them and threatened them physically. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) filed the lawsuit on behalf of the couple, Allegra Schawe-Lane and Dane Lane. Read More

Lambda School aims to cash in by upskilling untapped talent

 As the saying goes, the future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed. Also not evenly distributed: Access to the expensive education typically needed to stand a chance of obtaining one of the jobs of the future. Y Combinator backed Lambda School is hoping to change this, with a new approach to funding higher education. Read More

Dueling Google Memos Reveal a Company Struggling With Culture Change

What do you do when a male employee believes women aren't good at their jobs?

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