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Revealed: Google's 'two-tier' workforce training document | Technology | The Guardian
"The training instructs Google employees not to invite TVCs to all-hands meetings, team offsites, or the company’s weekly “TGIF” meeting, where employees vote on questions to post to top executives. Indeed, according to two current employees, the company often employs security guards to stand outside all-hands meetings, admitting those whose employee badges are white (FTEs) and keeping TVCs, whose badges are red, outside. The security guards themselves are subcontracted and wear red badges."

When a company says "Don't be evil" it doesn't really mean anything, it turns out.
google  discrimination  work  companies-not-to-trust  companies-not-to-buy-from 
6 days ago by ssam
The Games Industry is Toxic · Austin Kelmore
"We tell ourselves that the industry has to be this way in order to create the amazing games we all love. We tell ourselves this because the alternative is absolutely terrifying. If games could be made without all of the pain, suffering, and abuse… then that means we chose that path ourselves. We chose to suffer not because we had to, but because we wanted to.

Let me be clear: when I say we, I mean the people who lead companies - executives, managers, and senior employees. We are the people most responsible for how our industry functions because we have the power. We make the decisions to hire and fire, we pay the salaries, we teach others the ways we make games, and we exhibit the cultural norms that others follow. We have that responsibility whether or not we want it."
work  life  programming  software  development  games  business  health  discrimination  management 
12 weeks ago by ssam
Getting free of toxic tech culture – Valerie Aurora's blog
"Given how similar toxic tech culture (and especially Silicon Valley tech culture) is to cult culture, leaving tech often requires something like cult-deprogramming techniques. We found the following steps especially useful for deprogramming ourselves from the cult of tech: recognizing our unconscious beliefs, experimenting with our identity, avoiding people who don’t support us, and making friendships that aren’t dependent on tech."

Perhaps a useful reference for people who get stuck in such traps.
technology  culture  advice  discrimination  society  work 
january 2018 by ssam
Over-Qualification, Wut?
"“You are over-qualified for the position and we don’t think you’d be satisfied” is de facto age discrimination"

There's a whole load of discrimination as you get older really, lots of avenues close up after you turn 30 in things like volunteering
work  programming  age  discrimination  jobs 
october 2017 by ssam
Google’s comment-ranking system will be a hit with the alt-right
Machine learning is like money laundering for bias, indeed.

"I tested 14 sentences for "perceived toxicity" using Perspectives. Least toxic: I am a man. Most toxic: I am a gay black woman. Come on "
ai  online  discussion  money  laundering  bias  racism  sexism  discrimination 
september 2017 by ssam
British girls are skipping school because they don't have sanitary products
"Even how this news story has been addressed in the press proves my point. Girls skipping school because they don't have access to tampons or pads should be front page news, not a small paragraph hidden in between pages. What's more: the girls missing school are branded "truants" in the headline, a somewhat misleading, negative term that shouldn't be assigned to unfortunate kids who don't have the basic items needed to get by, but intentional absences from education with no excuse.

How can women and girls have equal opportunities when one of their natural biological processes is – still – treated like a dirty secret?"
unfair  discrimination  sexism  uk  education  you-couldn't-make-it-up  conservatives  shit-journalism 
march 2017 by ssam
Gamergate controversy - Wikipedia
"In mid-October Brianna Wu, another independent game developer and co-founder of video game studio Giant Spacekat, saw her home address and other identifying information posted on 8chan as retaliation for mocking Gamergate. Wu then became the target of rape and death threats on Twitter and elsewhere. After contacting police, Wu fled her home with her husband, saying she would not allow the threats to intimidate her into silence.[7][50][51][52][53][54] Wu later announced an US$11,000 reward for any information leading to a conviction for those involved in her harassment, and set up a legal fund to help other game developers who have been harassed online.[55] As of April 2016, Wu was still receiving threats in such volume that she employed full-time staff to document them."
computer  programming  software  game  development  culture  sexism  crazy  violence  history  internet  people-are-horrible  discrimination  unfair 
january 2017 by ssam
Philip Guo - Silent Technical Privilege
Really good article, basically explaining that lack of diversity in the technology industry is not due to discrimination *against* anyone, but due to *positive discrimination* in favour of people who look like they know what they are doing (i.e. fit the stereotype of computer geek).

The "getting away with it because you create an impression of knowing what you are doing" thing applies throughout life, though. People operate on trust and are more likely to trust someone if they look like they know what they are doing, whether they look like they know what they are doing because they actually do or whether they look like they know what they are doing through pure coincidence.
technology  discrimination  programming  privilege  life  philosophy  work  knowledge  trust  people-are-dumb  i-wish-i-could-show-this-to-everybody 
january 2014 by ssam

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