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Discrimination wrecks tech. Let's not repeat history.

All through the history of computing we see elisions that cleave out failure and discrimination in order to assure us that we are living in the best of all possible high-tech worlds where meritocracy guides technological progress. But we are not, and have never been, living in the best of all possible high-tech worlds. The stories of attempts to “make it” — and make positive change — in tech are ever more important to understanding technology’s role in our societies’ futures.

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    Britain’s Sexist Campaign to Sell Computers

    By exploiting women, British companies gained all the benefits of powerful mainframes with little labor overhead — and no long-term commitment to …

    Why tech’s gender problem is nothing new

    Why tech’s gender problem is nothing new

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    A recent report revealed Amazon’s AI recruiting technology developed a bias against women because it was trained predominantly on men’s résumés. Although Amazon shut the project down, this kind of mechanized sexism is common and growing – and the problem isn’t limited to AI mishaps. Facebook allows …

    Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women?

    Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women?

    Tech companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve conditions for female employees. Here’s why not much has changed—and what might actually work. 点击这里阅读中文版本 | Read this article in Chinese. One weekday morning in 2007, Bethanye Blount came into work early to interview a job …

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