The Register: Boffins bash Google Translate for sexism

The Register: Boffins bash Google Translate for sexism. “In a research paper distributed through pre-printer service ArXiv, ‘Assessing Gender Bias in Machine Translation – A Case Study with Google Translate,’ Marcelo Prates, Pedro Avelar, and Luis Lamb from Brazil’s Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, explore how Google Translate renders gender pronouns in English from sentences written in a dozen different gender-neutral languages.”

b2o: Michelle Moravec — The Endless Night of Wikipedia’s Notable Woman Problem

b2o: Michelle Moravec — The Endless Night of Wikipedia’s Notable Woman Problem. “The challenge, if we wish to write women back into history via Wikipedia, is to figure out how to shift the frame of reference so that our stars can shine, since the problem of who precisely is ‘worthy of commemoration’ so often seems to exclude women. This essay takes on one of the ‘tests’ used to determine whether content is worthy of inclusion in Wikipedia, notability, to explore how the purportedly neutral concept works against efforts to create entries about female historical figures.”

Global Voices: Social media users are trying to combat harassment in Pakistan — but will state institutions do their part?

Global Voices: Social media users are trying to combat harassment in Pakistan — but will state institutions do their part?. “In most countries around the world, gender-based harassment is an old problem. But in the digital era, with hashtag movements such as #MeToo, and social media platforms where evidence of harassment can go viral, the balance of power between harassers and their targets appears to be shifting.”

Bloomberg Quint: A Female Engineer’s Fight for Equal Pay at Google

Bloomberg Quint: A Female Engineer’s Fight for Equal Pay at Google. “In 2010, Kelly Ellis got the dream Silicon Valley job: a software engineering position at Google. So when she first noticed things at work that suggested she was earning less than her male colleagues, she wasn’t sure how to reconcile it with her idea of the company. ‘I think I just didn’t want to believe that Google could be evil,’ she says in the latest episode of the Decrypted podcast.”

University of Washington: Is there a glass ceiling in academic publishing?

University of Washington: Is there a glass ceiling in academic publishing?. “Five years ago, Nature — one of the most prestigious research journals in science — published an editorial pledging to improve on the low number of women editors and authors in its pages…. In the time since that editorial, however, not much has changed, according to a new University of Washington study published online and cited in a letter printed March 7 in Nature.”