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  • UX Design Ethics: Dealing with Dark Patterns and Designer Bias

    It’s easy to design an interface that persuades users into something that’s in the interest of a company. The question design community needs to ask more often is if we should comply with such practices, argued Agnieszka Urbańska and Ewelina Skłodowska, UX designers, at ACE! 2019. Dark patterns and even unconscious designer’s bias contradict empathy and are incompatible with human-centered design.

  • Why and How Etsy Embraces Differences at the Workplace

    Etsy has deployed various tactics to drive diversity and greater inclusion. They recently included diversity and inclusion in their guiding principles, integrated inclusion at each step of their employees' lifecycle, and developed strategies not just to hire diversity, but to foster a culture of inclusion. They empowered their employee resource groups to lead change based on feedback.

  • Boosting Team Inclusion at the Workplace Using Artificial Intelligence Technologies

    Boosting Team Inclusion at the Workplace using Technologies establishes that active inclusion enables diverse teams to exceed their performance goals. Gartner suggests leveraging new artificial intelligence powered applications in three areas: sourcing inclusive-ready candidates, analyzing teams' interaction, and training team leaders.

  • The Future of Work Is Female

    Jobs currently performed by the majority of women, where it’s more about adaptability, improvisation, emotional intelligence, and implicit knowledge, will predominate in the future, according to Agnieszka Walorska. Artificial intelligence and robotics will automate highly specialized jobs mostly performed by men.

  • Embracing Diversity and Fostering Inclusion: A Necessity

    In technology we need to consistently innovate and push boundaries, which we cannot do to the best of our ability without hiring, listening and retaining different demographics of people. A tech industry which actively supports and empowers underrepresented groups is a better industry for everyone. Embracing diversity and fostering an environment of inclusion improves the bottom line.

  • Pymetrics Open-Sources Fairness-Aware Machine Learning Algorithms

    Pymetrics, an AI start-up that specializes in providing recruitment services for organizations, has recently open-sourced their bias detection algorithms on Github. The tool, also known as Audit AI, is used to mitigate discriminatory patterns that exist within training data sets which influence or improve the probability of a population being selected by a machine learning algorithm.

  • Making Stack Overflow More Welcoming

    Jay Hanlon, EVP of Culture and Experience for Stack Overflow, posted a blog entry titled “Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming. It’s Time for That to Change”. In the post he explains the problems Stack Overflow have which make it an unwelcoming and intimidating place. He explains the commitment to addressing the issues and provides specific steps they are taking.

  • Leaders Discuss How to Build Great Engineering Cultures

    QConLondon’s Building Great Engineering Cultures track brought together a panel of leaders to take questions from an audience. Leaders from Google, Sky Betting and Gaming, ITV, Deliveroo and GlobalSign shared how they support and build great cultures for engineers, accounting for individual growth, organisation need, a social conscience and a balanced life.

  • Making Our Language and Behaviour More Inclusive

    To avoid excluding people, we need to gain more awareness when we are in the wrong and be introspective to find out why someone is upset or offended by what we have said or done. By being excluded, people will eventually leave their jobs, communities or profession, which is something that we need to prevent. Peter Aitken suggested taking a positive approach when addressing inclusion issues.

  • AnitaB.org Awards Given to ThoughtWorks, GEICO, and Accenture

    AnitaB.org awarded Top Companies awards to Accenture, GEICO and ThoughtWorks at the Grace Hopper Conference in October. Dr. Parsons from ThoughtWorks shared why diversity is so important.

  • McKinsey Report on Diversity Summarized

    McKinsey's report, "Diversity Matters," was published in 2015, but in light of the growing discussion on diversity in the IT industry, a summary of the results will prove helpful to many.

  • Node.js Forks over TSC Disagreements

    The Node.js Technical Steering Committee (TSC) and Board have weighed in on the results of a vote to remove a member from the TSC based on a pattern of behavior. This has resulted in several resignations from the TSC, a plethora of commentary, and new recommendations by the Board of Directors.

  • Girl Scouts Introduce STEM-Focused Badges

    The Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) recently announced a set of new badges available at different age-levels, focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) topics.

  • #WITBragDay on Twitter

    One of the top trending Twitter tags this weekend was started by a woman in technology encouraging others to share their successes.

  • Introducing the Diversity Section

    Whilst InfoQ has long covered diversity we have decided to give the topic greater prominence on the site with a new section on diversity within the Culture and Methods area. We, the editors, are looking at different ways that companies and others are promoting diversity within organizations.

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