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Google Rolls Out New Internal Rules in an Effort to Fix Its Culture

Google rolled out new workplace policies and guidelines for internal communication last week, a response to employees who have pressed the company for months to address their concerns over workplace harassment. Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the changes in a company-wide email that stressed the company’s effort to maintain its open culture while enforcing respectful communication among employees. Read More >>

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Does Your Community Have These Happy Neighbourhood Traits?

Certain aspects of a neighbourhood, including its ethnic diversity and the availability of public transit, are associated with better reported well-being among residents, according to a study published Wednesday in PLOS One. Read More >>

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23andMe Is Working to Make DNA Data More Diverse

When you mail off a sample of your spit to find out about your ancestry, companies like 23andMe compare your DNA to other people around the world, seeing how closely your genes match the genes of people in, say, Norway, in order to deduce whether your ancestors might have been Norwegian, too. Read More >>

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Genetics Research is Failing Most of The World’s Population

In the late 1990s, as Esteban Burchard was finishing up his medical training at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, newspaper headlines blared warnings about what appeared to be a growing asthma epidemic. Read More >>

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Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Google Might Proceed as Class Action

A lawsuit brought by a former Google employee who says that the company’s “bro culture” led to daily sexual harassment is being expanded as a class action after Google tried to push the case into sealed, secret arbitration. Read More >>

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Asthma Inhalers Fail Minority Children Due to a Lack of Diversity in Research

When inhaled, the drug albuterol opens up the airways of the lungs, providing fast-acting relief to the wheezing and shortness of breath that often accompany an asthma attack. It was discovered in 1966 by a team of British researchers, and went on to become an extremely popular medication for the widespread childhood condition. It is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. But it often fails minority children. Read More >>

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‘Bro Culture’ Led to Repeated Sexual Harassment, Former Google Engineer’s Lawsuit Says

Loretta Lee, a software engineer who worked at Google for seven years before being fired in February 2016, is suing Google for sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination she says she experienced at the company. Lee says in her lawsuit that the company’s “bro-culture” led to continuous harassment and that Google did nothing to intervene. Read More >>

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Google Fired and Disciplined Employees for Speaking Out About Diversity

Last August, James Damore circulated a memo internally at Google in which he argued women were biologically less inclined to succeed in engineering roles at the company and that Google’s diversity efforts were misguided. In doing so, he set off heated debate among his co-workers—debate that, according to current and former employees who spoke to Gizmodo, led Google to ramp up its moderation of internal conversations and crack down on employees who speak up about diversity. Read More >>

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Uber Hires a Much-Needed Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Uber has hired its first chief diversity and inclusion officer. The ride-sharing company is bringing on Bo Young Lee, currently the head of diversity & inclusion at Marsh & McLennan, a large insurance and business services firm. An Uber spokesperson told Gizmodo that Lee will start working at the company in late March. Read More >>

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Google CEO Reaffirms Firing James Damore Was the Way to Go, ‘I Don’t Regret It’

Google CEO Sundar Pichai isn’t rattled by former engineer James Damore’s lawsuit against the tech giant for alleged discrimination against white, conservative men, at least according to remarks he made this week to MSNBC and Recode . Read More >>

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After 14 Years, Facebook Appoints First Non-White Board Member

On Thursday, Facebook announced that Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO of American Express, will join its board of directors. In a blog post celebrating the news, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg praised Chenault’s decades-long career with American Express and his expertise in brand building. When Chenault officially joins the board on 5th February, the day after Facebook turns 14, he will be the company’s first non-white board member. Read More >>

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Ex-Google Employee’s Memo Says Executives Shut Down Pro-Diversity Discussions

A memo written by a former Google engineer claims that the company’s human resources department and a senior vice president pressured him to stop discussing diversity initiatives on company forums, interactions that ultimately motivated him to leave the company. Read More >>

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Facebook Commits to Hiring One (1) Black Board Member

On Thursday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg assured members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) that the social media company will name a black director to its board “within the foreseeable future.” Currently, Facebook’s eight-member board of directors is all white and 75 per cent male. Read More >>

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Uber Puts Tokens in PR Machine, Finally Releases Long-Delayed Diversity Report

If Uber was hoping the release of its first ever diversity report would deflect from its recent string of PR calamities, it thought wrong. Released Tuesday, the report and accompanying EEO filing are unimpressive at best, even by Silicon Valley’s notoriously low standards for diversity. Women make up less than a third of the company, there are no black/Latinx workers in tech leadership and underrepresented minorities are clustered in middle-income customer service jobs. Read More >>

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Amid PR Circus Fire, Uber Suddenly Decides to Care About Diversity

Somewhere in between responding to the fallout from accusations of misogyny and sexual harassment, responding to the fallout from its CEO screaming at a bankrupt driver, and responding to fallout from a New York Times investigation uncovering a secret worldwide program to evade police, ride-sharing behemoth Uber had a eureka moment: Hey, why not trot out some women and minorities? Read More >>