Refinery29: The Snapchat Gender Swap Filter Is Taking Over The Internet — But Is It Problematic?. “The filters (of which there are only two) reinforce long-held traditional gender norms. With the woman filter, I had a softer look: airbrushed skin, an angular face, long hair, and doe eyes. And as a man, I was gifted a strong jaw and some admirable scruff. But while this was all in good fun, and I now know what I’d look like with a beard, some are calling on Snapchat users to check their privilege when using the gender-swapping filters so frivolously.”
New York Times: Wikipedia Isn’t Officially a Social Network. But the Harassment Can Get Ugly.. “In Wikipedia’s 18 years of existence, it has become a fixture in our lives: It ascends to the top of Google’s search results and provides answers to the questions we ask Alexa and Siri. For Wikipedia’s editing community, the website is even more. It is a kind of social network where users debate the minutiae of history and modern life, climb the editorial hierarchy and even meet friends and romantic partners. It is also a place where editors can experience relentless harassment.”
The Next Web: This tool judges your Twitter for subconscious gender bias. “It probably won’t come as too much of a surprise that tech leaders, a notoriously male group, follow mostly men on Twitter — it wasn’t until 2016 when Elon Musk followed a woman. While we should be mindful that social media presents a warped view of the world, for many people in the tech industry, their Twitter timelines reflect their reality — one that is predominantly male.”
I tried the tool. According to its sampling of 3000 people I follow or who follow me, I follow 54% men, 45% women, 1% nonbinary. My followers are 52% men, 47% women, 1% nonbinary. My timeline is 52% women, 48% men, 0% nonbinary. It’s not perfect (obviously it can’t accurately gess everyone and I follow a lot of institutions) but it’s really interesting.
Eyerys: ‘Q’, The First Gender-Neutral Digital Voice Assistant In Challenging Gender Stereotypes. “While some people may find a female voice to be more soothing, but in the world where technology is hardwiring sexism into the future, more and more people are demanding equality between genders. With so much female servitude in smart devices, this is where Q resides. Q, is considered the world’s first gender-neutral voice assistant.”
Lifehacker: Diversify Your Stock Photos With Broadly’s Gender Spectrum Collection. “Stock photos tend to lag behind the culture. They fill business photos with just men, or under-represent minorities, or only show people filling outdated cultural roles. It’s an issue we run into a lot at Lifehacker, where we have to illustrate upwards of 15 posts every day on a limited photo budget, and want to represent the full range of our audience. So we’re excited about the many free photo libraries popping up that include diverse options or emphasize under-represented groups.”
Nextgov: Congress Moves to Ban Discriminatory Advertising on Social Media. “The DATA Privacy Act, introduced by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., explicitly bars Facebook, Twitter and other companies from allowing advertisers to use consumer data to discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation. Under the legislation, the Federal Trade Commission would issue clear guidance on what constitutes online discrimination and gain new powers to penalize organizations that violate the rules.”
Google Blog: Reducing gender bias in Google Translate. “Over the course of this year, there’s been an effort across Google to promote fairness and reduce bias in machine learning. Our latest development in this effort addresses gender bias by providing feminine and masculine translations for some gender-neutral words on the Google Translate website.”