Second annual Search Engine Land Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Search Marketing: Nominations open (Search Engine Land)

Search Engine Land: Second annual Search Engine Land Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Search Marketing: Nominations open. “Search marketing has a diversity problem. Older data from the American Marketing Association shows that most marketing leadership is still majority white, hetero, and male. Meanwhile, the audiences we’re marketing to are more diverse and inclusive than ever. It’s a topic we’ve covered multiple times at Search Engine Land.”

Wired: Twitch And Reddit Protests May Be Only the Beginning

Wired: Twitch And Reddit Protests May Be Only the Beginning. “HOW MUCH POWER do users have to influence the ways tech companies govern their platforms? This week, prominent Twitch and Reddit users separately coordinated two platform-shaking actions with the goal of making the digital spaces they work and play in safer. In the latter case, at least, it appears they’ve already seen results.”

TIME: How Extortion Scams and Review Bombing Trolls Turned Goodreads Into Many Authors’ Worst Nightmare

This is from early August and I missed it. TIME: How Extortion Scams and Review Bombing Trolls Turned Goodreads Into Many Authors’ Worst Nightmare. “Scammers and cyberstalkers are increasingly using the Goodreads platform to extort authors with threats of ‘review bombing’ their work–and they are frequently targeting authors from marginalized communities who have spoken out on topics ranging from controversies within the industry to larger social issues on social media.”

NJ .com: NJ. com launches New Jersey Diverse Sources Database with media partners

NJ .com: NJ. com launches New Jersey Diverse Sources Database with media partners. “NJ Advance Media, which produces content for NJ.com, The Star-Ledger and other affiliated newspapers, is proud to join the Center for Cooperative Media in launching the New Jersey Diverse Sources Database. The online resource for news organizations will help journalists expand their circle of sources to include a greater variety of backgrounds.”

UNC University Libraries: University Libraries releases 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge syllabus

UNC University Libraries: University Libraries releases 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge syllabus. “Libraries and library workers interested in examining racism, bias and inequity have a new tool to do so. The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released the syllabus of its recent 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge focused on libraries and archives. The syllabus is the work of the University Libraries’ IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility) Council.” The syllabus is available as a Creative Commons licensed PDF. A lot of the resources in it are freely available, though some are specific to UNC libraries.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Diversity Story aims to ‘extend valuable cultural education to more people’

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Diversity Story aims to ‘extend valuable cultural education to more people’. “Eleanor Park, 16, of McCandless launched The Diversity Story a year ago. People can apply to be staff writers, be interviewed to have an article written about them, or submit writing, artwork, photography and recipes. So far, the site has published more than 60 personal stories and interviews, as well as more than 20 snippets, or short reads, which usually discuss a current holiday or issue.”

Federal News Network: NIH team creating new data tool that tracks federal employee perceptions and demographics

Federal News Network: NIH team creating new data tool that tracks federal employee perceptions and demographics. “Several agencies have said they’re craving more data that will paint a better intersectional picture of the federal workforce — how women of color or Hispanic supervisors and leaders, for example, are feeling about their agencies and jobs. Current federal survey data doesn’t tell those stories, and some agencies can only collect certain demographic data about their employees on a voluntary basis, a point that Office of Personnel Management and Office of Management and Budget leaders have acknowledged is a challenge.”

TechCrunch: How Twilio is moving beyond a diversity numbers game toward becoming an anti-racist company

TechCrunch: How Twilio is moving beyond a diversity numbers game toward becoming an anti-racist company. “When George Floyd was murdered in May 2020, it set off a firestorm of protests and shed a bright hot spotlight on the issues of racism in America and elsewhere. As a response, many companies gave messages of support to people of color, yet have failed to make substantive change since that time. One company that is attempting to move beyond lip service and diversity quotas is Twilio, whose CEO Jeff Lawson has made a commitment to work toward being an anti-racist company.”

Washington Post: Marginalized streamers beg Twitch to ‘do better’ in wake of hate raids, poor pay

Washington Post: Marginalized streamers beg Twitch to ‘do better’ in wake of hate raids, poor pay. “During an Aug. 6 broadcast, the Twitch streamer RekItRaven — who is Black and uses they/them pronouns — emotionally described a series of traumatic, real-life experiences that informed who they are today. In response, viewers in chat told Raven that they were ‘loved.’ This made what happened next especially hurtful. About 20 minutes later, Raven’s chat was suddenly flooded by dozens of users spamming the same message, which read in part: ‘This channel now belongs to the KKK.’ It was the second time that had happened in just one week.”

CNET: US releases 2020 census data, revealing increase in diversity

CNET: US releases 2020 census data, revealing increase in diversity. “Key findings include a dramatic jump in the number of respondents who identified as multiracial, which surged from 9 million in 2010 to 33.8 million in 2020, an increase of 276%. The number of respondents identifying solely as white decreased by 8.8% over that same span, but that still represents the majority of Americans, at 204.3 million people, or 235.4 million when you add in respondents who identified as white in addition to another race or races. The total population of the US is now about 332.6 million, according to the Census Bureau’s population clock.”

University of Colorado Denver: CU Denver Professor Powers Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work in Education Through AI Technology

University of Colorado Denver: CU Denver Professor Powers Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work in Education Through AI Technology. “CU Denver STEM Education Professor Geeta Verma has been empowering women and minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields through her National Science Foundation grant and other research activities. Verma has embarked on a new journey and founded a new online platform called LivedXTM. The platform leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to accelerate opportunities for minoritized and marginalized youth.”

Psychology Today: The Diversity Problem in Face Research

Psychology Today: The Diversity Problem in Face Research. “In a recent paper published in Methods in Psychology, we describe a novel tool for connecting face researchers to the image databases best suited to their research: the ‘Face Image Meta-Database,’ or ‘fIMDb’ for short (Workman & Chatterjee, 2021). The fIMDb is a ‘meta-database’ that indexes known face databases, their characteristics, and how to access them. The fIMDb enables users to build custom searches that, importantly, can be used to filter out stimulus sets with limited diversity. The fIMDb also allows user submissions of new databases and revisions to existing databases. To date, the fIMDb links to 127 different sources for faces that together contain over 4 million images.”

OperaWire: African Diaspora Music Project Seeks to Diversify Arts Programming

OperaWire: African Diaspora Music Project Seeks to Diversify Arts Programming. “In order to facilitate research, performance, and appreciation of African Diaspora music, Dr. Louise Toppin has launched the African Diaspora Music Project, an online database which currently offers 4,000 songs…. The growing database is designed to help companies and artistic administrators with diversifying their repertoire of works, providing access to scores, recordings, and research materials.”

Architectural Digest: Design Renderings Should Reflect a Diverse Population—and This New App Can Help

Architectural Digest: Design Renderings Should Reflect a Diverse Population—and This New App Can Help. “Since February of last year, Dash Marshall has been developing an app that automatically populates renderings at any stage of completion. Dubbed People Party! and currently in beta testing, the app generates colorblock-style images of pedestrians, shoppers, workers, and other human figures in a diversity of ages, shapes, and skin tones. Users can then upload their renderings, which appear as the backdrop to the vibrant scene. (The app does not record IP address or NDA content.)”

Library of Congress: Library of Congress Offers Grants to Support Contemporary Cultural Field Research within Diverse Communities

Library of Congress: Library of Congress Offers Grants to Support Contemporary Cultural Field Research within Diverse Communities. “The Library of Congress is offering a new series of grants to individuals and organizations working to document cultures and traditions of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color traditionally underrepresented in the United States.”