I gave a talk entitled: “Redefining “The Best:” Reflections on the Limits and Biases of Hiring Practices in Tech” at the 2014 Boston AltConf. I hope you enjoy.
Silicon, we have a problem: Now what?
The next conversation we need to be having about diversity in tech A couple of weeks ago Google released stats on the demographic makeup of its employees. The numbers weren’t great, but the release did produce a helpful domino effect in the industry, as other major tech companies like Linkedin and Yahoo subsequently also […]
Giveit100 and the science of resilient learning
A couple of months ago, I came across giveit100, a simple website that allows you to upload a 10-second video of yourself working towards a goal that you have committed to doing every day for 100 days. The idea for the site came about after Karen Cheng, one of the site’s founders, received an outpouring of support and interest […]
Calculated bias: The pitfalls and potential of algorithmic recruitment
Ten years ago, a pair of researchers decided to investigate the role that racial bias plays in the contemporary labor market. They sent out fictitious resumes to companies who published help-wanted ads in newspapers from Boston and Chicago. To manipulate the perceived race of the applicant, each resume was given either a very Black sounding […]
Why is Tech So White? Future Research in Educational Pathways
Last week I received a Summer Fellowship grant from MIT’s Public Service Center to fund my research in collaboration with CODE2040, a nonprofit organization that creates career pathways into the technology sector for underrepresented minorities. Recently there has been a growing concern over the lack of diversity within tech. While 57 percent of the professional […]