BNN Bloomberg: Google Campus Security Singled Out Black, Latinx Employees

BNN Bloomberg: Google Campus Security Singled Out Black, Latinx Employees. “Google’s campus security system subjected Black and Latinx workers to bias and prompted complaints to management, according to people familiar with the situation, leading the company to scrap a key part of the approach. The internet giant encouraged employees to check colleagues’ ID badges on campus, and asked security staff to do the same. This went beyond the typical corporate office system where workers swipe badges to enter. The policy was designed to prevent unauthorized visitors and keep Google’s open work areas safe.”

Hechinger Report: ‘Black At’ Instagram accounts put campus racism on display

Hechinger Report: ‘Black At’ Instagram accounts put campus racism on display. “As protestors marched across the United States in June calling for racial justice, college students and recent graduates amplified their cries on Instagram. Through dozens of new Instagram accounts, they are sharing, often anonymously, what it’s like to be disrespected and harassed for being Black on campus. They’re also highlighting resources for such things as learning about white fragility, who can and cannot say the N-word and which college courses could prepare you to open your mind and check your biases.”

CNN: Black Facebook employee and two job applicants file EEOC complaint alleging discrimination

CNN: Black Facebook employee and two job applicants file EEOC complaint alleging discrimination. “One current Facebook manager and two job applicants have filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that Facebook has ‘a general policy of discrimination against Black applicants and workers, including in hiring, evaluations, promotions, and pay.'”

Reuters: Google’s new rules clamp down on discriminatory housing, job ads

Reuters: Google’s new rules clamp down on discriminatory housing, job ads. “Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said on Thursday it was tackling unlawful discrimination by barring housing, employment and credit ads from being targeted to its users based on their postal code, gender, age, parental status or marital status.”

Vice: Why LGBTQ YouTubers Are Suing Google for Discrimination

Vice: Why LGBTQ YouTubers Are Suing Google for Discrimination. “If you’re a full-time content creator trying to reach an audience, the Google algorithms can be brutal, especially if they seem to be discriminatory. That’s what a group of LGBTQ YouTubers is alleging in its suit against the tech giant, which finally went to its first hearing in a California court last week after months of delays.”

UConn Today: New Online Exhibit Highlights Asian American Student Narratives

UConn Today: New Online Exhibit Highlights Asian American Student Narratives. “While students have answered the call to stay at home and help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, they are confronted with unprecedented challenges to both them and their friends, families, and neighbors. For Asian American students, the threat of racism, targeted discrimination, and social isolation can take an additional toll. To provide students with a creative outlet, and to bring light to the experiences of Asian American students in isolation, UConn’s Asian and Asian American Studies Institute (AAASI) has launched Illustrated Resilience – an ongoing online exhibit of student narratives and work from professional artists intended to document student experiences and raise awareness about the personal and societal impacts of the lack of medical preparation, access to testing, imbalanced relief, and deepening inequality while providing a creative outlet through the use of visual arts.”

The Appeal: Black Women Have Long Faced Racism In Healthcare. Covid-19 Is Only Amplifying It.

The Appeal: Black Women Have Long Faced Racism In Healthcare. Covid-19 Is Only Amplifying It.. “Across the United States, Black women like [Rana Zoe] Mungin have long faced significant social, economic, and racial barriers to receiving healthcare. Wage disparities, lack of access to hospitals and doctors’ offices, and the chronic stress of racism and implicit biases from providers all contribute to worse healthcare outcomes for Black women versus their white peers. Now, doctors and policymakers are concerned that those factors are compounding in the COVID-19 pandemic, creating greater gaps in care, and potentially increasing the virus’s spread.”

Analytics India: A New AI Tool Removes Caste-Based Abuse From Social Media Platforms

Analytics India: A New AI Tool Removes Caste-Based Abuse From Social Media Platforms. “n the wake of increasing cyberbullying to fake news, Social Media Matters has partnered with Spectrum Labs to launch a Behaviour Identification Model in order to detect caste discrimination within online communities. According to the company, the social media platforms of users usually contain a spectrum of information ranging from personal to mundane to sharing political opinions and building communities. And that’s why the online communities have become a fertile ground for groups based on ethnicity or castes. Social Media Matters, that’s why designed this model — The Behaviour Identification model in order to detect the same.”

CNBC: Google faces a new investigation into whether it discriminated against a pregnant employee

CNBC: Google faces a new investigation into whether it discriminated against a pregnant employee. “The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has opened an investigation into Google for pregnancy discrimination against an employee, according to materials viewed by CNBC.”

The Times: Catholic surname ‘hindered sons of Famine refugees’

The Times: Catholic surname ‘hindered sons of Famine refugees’. “The sons of Famine emigrants fared less well in America if they had more Catholic-sounding surnames such as Dolan, Healy and O’Connor, according to the first study of that generation’s economic assimilation. Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, used census records from 1850 and 1880 to build a database of men born in Ireland and their sons.”

ProPublica: Facebook Ads Can Still Discriminate Against Women and Older Workers, Despite a Civil Rights Settlement

ProPublica: Facebook Ads Can Still Discriminate Against Women and Older Workers, Despite a Civil Rights Settlement. “For Dolese Bros. Co. construction and supply company, which has a fleet of 300 trucks, recruiting enough qualified drivers in rural Oklahoma has been a challenge….The company used Facebook’s new special ads portal, which doesn’t allow targeting by gender, age, race or ethnicity. That was fine with Dolese. While its drivers tend to be men, the company has no gender preference. ‘The gals we have in our group are fabulous,’ [Kermit] Frank said. ‘We’d take any and all of them we could ever get.’ By the time the ad stopped running ten days later, more than 20,000 people had seen it. Eighty-seven percent of them were men.”

Northern Arizona University: Can open source software be gender-biased? Yes, say professors who are working to eliminate gender-biased ‘bugs’

Northern Arizona University: Can open source software be gender-biased? Yes, say professors who are working to eliminate gender-biased ‘bugs’ . “The cycle of open source software (OSS) development and gender representation is, perhaps, unsurprising—women are vastly underrepresented among OSS developers. As a result, women miss out on development and professional opportunities, and as jobs in OSS development open up, women lack the experience to get them. And the cycle continues. It’s so pervasive that it’s likely built right into the software itself, say four researchers, which is an entirely separate problem—one they’re aiming to resolve through finding these bugs and proposing redesigns around them, leading to more gender-inclusive tools used by software developers.”

TechCrunch: Facebook expands its efforts against ad discrimination

TechCrunch: Facebook expands its efforts against ad discrimination. “First, it’s expanding the enforcement of these rules beyond Facebook Ad Manager to encompass every other place where someone might buy ads on Facebook: the Ads Manager app, Instagram Promote, the ad creation tools on Facebook Pages and the Facebook Marketing API (which connects with third-party ad-buying tools). Second, it’s expanding its searchable ad library — first created in response to concerns about political misinformation — to include housing ads targeted at an U.S. audience.”

Cavalier Daily: Mapping Cville Project launches crowdsourcing phase to create map of housing discrimination origins

Cavalier Daily: Mapping Cville Project launches crowdsourcing phase to create map of housing discrimination origins . “The project aims to develop an interactive digital map of past and present inequities in Charlottesville, and its first layer will show housing discrimination origins by plotting every deed in the City that contains a racially restrictive covenant — clauses within property deeds that restricted the sale of properties to only white residents and often explicitly prohibited sales to African-Americans.”

‘Learn how to read English’: Kijiji discrimination case highlights human rights law online (CBC)

CBC: ‘Learn how to read English’: Kijiji discrimination case highlights human rights law online. “Eight years after the complaint was made, a decision has come down in a St. John’s human rights case that centres on discrimination in the world of online commerce. The decision in Zaid Saad’s case appears to be one of the first of its kind, according to the Human Rights Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador, which explicitly states a person cannot be discriminated against on online commerce websites, like Facebook Marketplace, Kijiji or NL Classifieds.” I’m going to be thinking about this one a long time.