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What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity

RSA 2018 Former members of an Israeli intelligence unit say their operation could serve as a model for the tech companies looking to bring more women into their ranks. Unit 8200 serves as the nation's signal intelligence unit and is credited with training a number of experts who go on to careers in cybersecurity. It also boasts a large …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2018

Who had Intel in the 'discrimination lawsuit' pool? Congratulations

Intel has been accused of discrimination after a former employee says she was severely underpaid based on her race and gender. Late last month, Cristina Wong filed suit against the chip giant in the Northern California US District Court alleging violations of the Federal Equal Pay Act, California Fair Employment and Housing …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Apr 2018
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Ex-staffers slam Microsoft's 'lackluster' response to stacks of internal complaints

More than 230 internal complaints of harassment and discrimination within Microsoft were handled in a “lackluster” way by the business, according to documents made public yesterday in a class action lawsuit. The case was first filed in 2015 and the lead plaintiffs, Katherine Moussouris and Holly Muenchow, are seeking approval …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Mar 2018

Women of Infosec call bullsh*t on RSA's claim it could only find one female speaker

Day one of the annual RSA conference in San Francisco on April 17 will have some competition after a group of female infosec professionals decided to hold their own shindig - titled Our Security Advocates or OURSA - to showcase the work of women in the field. Last week RSA was hammered on social media when its keynote speaker …
Iain Thomson, 7 Mar 2018

Stop us if you've heard this one: Ex-Googler sues web giant claiming terrible treatment. This time, sex harassment

A former Google engineer is suing the US advertising giant after undergoing what she says was years of sexual harassment and retaliation from coworkers. Loretta Lee filed suit [PDF] earlier this month with the Santa Clara County Superior Court in California to collect damages for alleged infractions including a hostile work …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Mar 2018
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Google sued for paying women less than men

Three former Google employees filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the company on Thursday over charges of unfair pay and promotion. The complaint [PDF] – filed in San Francisco, California, by law firms Altshuler Berzon, LLP and Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP – alleges that Google systematically pays women …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Sep 2017
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Google must cough up contact info for 8,000 employees in gender discrimination case

Google has been ordered to hand over personal details of 8,000 employees as part of an ongoing US Labor Department investigation into equal pay. A judge provisionally ruled Friday that Google must provide names, personal addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses to the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract …
Andrew Silver, 17 Jul 2017

Google can't spare 113 seconds of revenue to compile data on its gender pay gap

After failing in April to shut down reporting of its lawsuit with the United States Department of Labor, Google's told the US court looking into alleged pay discrimination it would be too expensive to find out whether women are underpaid at the advertising behemoth. How much is too expensive? US$100,000, Google told the court …

Google fumes after US Dept of Labor accuses ad giant of lowballing pay for women

Google is on the defensive after its gender pay equality campaign was panned in court by Uncle Sam. Janette Wipper, a Department of Labor regional director, said her investigators "found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce" within the web ads giant. She was speaking in court …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2017
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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

Over the last few years we’ve watched parents, educators and mentors everywhere working hard to get women into science, technology engineering and maths careers. Those efforts are succeeding: the number of women going studying engineering at the tertiary level has begun to arc upward. This is a good thing. But we also know …
Mark Pesce, 13 Mar 2017
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Despite best efforts, fewer and fewer women are working in tech

Women are still losing ground in the computer science and IT fields, despite corporate pledges to improve gender diversity in their ranks. This according to research carried out by Accenture and Girls Who Code, which found the overall percentage of women in computing jobs is set to decline in the coming years from 24 to 20 per …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2016

Sexism isn't getting better in Silicon Valley, it's getting worse

Analysis In the technology field, many people like to think that they are at the forefront of human development, but it is becoming clear that the industry is failing when it comes to dealing with sexism against women. In January, a survey from Stanford University of women who'd spent at least ten years in the tech industry found that …
Iain Thomson, 9 Mar 2016
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Science contest to get girls interested in STEM awards first prize to ... a boy

Energy giant EDF is in hot water for setting up a competition to encourage young women to get into science and technology careers – and then awarding the top prize to a 13-year-old boy. "In the UK, only 1 in every 7 people who work in science, technology, engineering and maths is female," the competition blurb reads. "Our …
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2016
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Women devs – want your pull requests accepted? Just don't tell anyone you're a girl

A new study has found that women are more likely than men to have their open-source software contributions accepted – but only when their gender is hidden from project leaders. The study from North Carolina State University and Cal Poly examined code committed by more than 1.4 million GitHub users and their contributions to …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2016

Girls! Girls! Girls! Intel brags about diversity push, Silicon Valley tells itself it's doing great

One year on from a public promise, Intel has the rare distinction of actually coming good on its gender equality issues. On Wednesday, the chip giant announced it had surpassed its goal of 40 per cent of new hires being female, taking on 43.1 per cent women in 2015: a near doubling of its previous year's tally. The company …
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Women account for just one fifth of the EU’s 8m IT jobs

The European Union has totted up all the IT jobs in the region for 2014 and this is what it found: nearly eight million ICT pros employed in the 28 member states and more than 80 per cent are men. They are also well-educated, with more than half completing tertiary education. Techies occupied just 3.7 per cent of all jobs - “a …
Drew Cullen, 21 Jan 2016
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IBM kills Hack A Hair Dryer women-in-tech vid after backlash

Updated IBM is killing a controversial web video that employed hairdryers to supposedly promote women in STEM following an online roasting. The video was part of a campaign to: “Reengineer misperceptions about women in tech”, in which hair dryers – performing functions not normally associated with the handheld hot air device – feature …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Dec 2015
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IETF's older white men urged to tone it down

The IETF's meritocracy is the envy of the world of tech, but the venerable outfit has its share of shouting matches. That's led Narelle Clark and David Crocker to add to the anti-abuse debate with an informational RFC, RFC 7704, “An IETF with Much Diversity and Professional Conduct”. The two are respected voices in the …

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