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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of a One Per Cent Black Company, Spoke to Black Students About ‘Diversity’

As part of his trip to all 50 states to show off that he’s just a regular guy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited the historically black North Carolina A&T State University on Monday, where he fielded questions from students about technology, politics, media, and, of course, diversity. Read More >>

A Black Female Astrophysicist Explains Why Hidden Figures Isn’t Just About History

First, it beat Star Wars: Rogue One. Now, for the second weekend since its wide-release debut, Hidden Figures—the true story of three black female mathematicians at NASA—is number one at the US box office. It’s raked in roughly $6o million so far, and counting. Read More >>

Treasure Trove of Newly Discovered Species Includes a Newt That Looks Like a Klingon (Ish)

Biologists working in the Greater Mekong area have identified a staggering 163 new species, including a horned lizard, a rainbow-headed snake dubbed “Ziggy Stardust,” and a newt that looks like a Klingon from Star Trek. Sort of. Read More >>

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The Men Who Run Startups Blame Lack of Diversity on Everyone Else

There is a well-documented problem with diversity in the male-dominated tech world. Who’s to blame? A new survey of some of the most powerful future Silicon Valley millionaires reveals that men, shockingly, want to blame everyone and everything but the tech industry itself. Read More >>

Facebook Can’t Figure Out How to Diversify Its Staff

A new report from Wall Street Journal reveals that the system Facebook created two years ago to diversify its staff has been largely unsuccessful. Read More >>

What It’s Like to Work in Silicon Valley When You’re Not a White Bro

It’s no secret that tech companies are cesspools of homogeneity—sometimes embarrassingly so. While a big initiative launches in the White House to help diversify the industry, here’s another very inspiring project that seeks to tell the stories of underrepresented voices in the tech world. Read More >>

TechPrep Is Facebook’s Attempt to Diversify Computer Science

Facebook has launched a new initiative called TechPrep. Aimed particularly at women and minorities, it’s designed to help youngsters find a trajectory into the world of tech—with the help of their parents. Read More >>

Mark Zuckerberg Weighs in on Facebook’s “Real Name” Problem

The fervour over the US Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision is starting to wane across social media, and the rainbow avatars are starting to fade. Read More >>

Apple’s New Emoji Open Up a Whole New Realm of Painful Awkwardness

Those who have updated their iPhones to iOS 8.3 have already seen the future: among the many updates out today is a redesigned emoji keyboard with new and improved (and “diverse”) emoji. Basically, the plot of every Wes Anderson movie just got way easier to recap. Read More >>

Google is Home to the White Male Nerd Stereotype

Google has yielded to public pressure to reveal stats about the makeup of its employees, publishing the above chart showing just how white and male it is. It's the boys-only sixth-form computer club of the adult world. Read More >>