Why Black Birdwatchers Want to ‘Change the Whole Face of the Outdoors’

After a racist white lady called the cops on a black man who was birdwatching in New York's Central Park on 27 May, the black birding community in the US came together to launch the first-ever Black Birders Week. Read More >>

Alexa’s Opinion of ‘All Lives Matter’ Is a Big Fail

While Google, Apple, and Amazon generally do their best to keep their voice assistants apolitical, all three have decided to program answers to the questions “Do Black lives matter?” and “Do all lives matter?” It’s a good thing that all three affirm that Black lives, do in fact, matter. But where Google and Apple’s virtual assistants explicitly shut down the “all lives matter” retort currently beloved by your racist uncle and Karens across the internet, Amazon’s Alexa completely whiffs it. Read More >>

Police Force Diversity is Improving in the UK – But There’s a Long Way to Go

The death of George Floyd at the knees of officers from the Minneapolis police department and the anger that has cascaded from it, reminds us of how important legitimate, representative and proportionate policing is for democracies. The death of Mark Duggan in the UK nearly ten years ago also sparked nationwide protests which turned into the largest riots the country had experienced in a generation. Read More >>

Tesco’s Introducing Plasters in More Skintones

Tesco has announced it'll be the first supermarket in the UK to introduce plasters in diverse skintones. How this took until 2020 is beyond us, but good on them for finally making it happen. Read More >>

Mainstream Environmental Groups are Finally Becoming More Diverse

A new report shows that environmental organisations are improving diversity among staff, but they’ve still got a long way to go. Read More >>

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Writer Chris Terrio Offers an Unsatisfying Explanation for Kelly Marie Tran’s Limited Screen Time in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Wait, where’s Rose? As anyone keeping up with the state of Star Wars discourse has undoubtedly heard, Rose Tico, the Resistance engineer introduced in The Last Jedi and played by Kelly Marie Tran, has a very small amount of screen time in The Rise of Skywalker. Like, compared to her role in The Last Jedi, where she’s a member of the lead cast, it’s absolutely miniscule. Read More >>

Computer Science’s Gender Gap Will Take More Than A Century To Fix

The gender gap in computer science research won’t reach equality for more than a century, according to new research released on Friday that showed computer science isn’t just lagging behind, it’s also going in the wrong direction. Read More >>

London’s Tech Festival By and For Black People is Back for a Second Year

You don't need us to tell you that tech has a massive diversity and representation problem. But you might need us to tell you that the UK's first tech festival by and for black people of African and Caribbean descent is back for a second year. Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

‘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 >>