The Guardian: Google pledges to overhaul its sexual harassment policy after global protests

The Guardian: Google pledges to overhaul its sexual harassment policy after global protests. “In an email to staff on Thursday, [Sundar] Pichai said Google would end forced arbitration for sexual misconduct claims, revamp its investigations process, share data on harassment claims and outcomes, and provide new support systems for people who come forward. The announcement is a notable achievement for employees who organized roughly 20,000 workers to walk out of the corporation’s offices across 50 cities last week.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Google employees walk out to protest treatment of women

Sydney Morning Herald: Google employees walk out to protest treatment of women. “Thousands of Google workers around the world walked off the job on Thursday to protest the internet company’s lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct. The walkout comes a week after the New York Times revealed that Google had suppressed allegations of sexual misconduct against several of its executives, including Andy Rubin, the creator of the company’s Android software.”

BuzzFeed News: Google Engineers Are Organizing A Walkout To Protest The Company’s Protection Of An Alleged Sexual Harasser

BuzzFeed News: Google Engineers Are Organizing A Walkout To Protest The Company’s Protection Of An Alleged Sexual Harasser. “A group of more than 200 engineers at Google are organizing a companywide ‘women’s walk’ walkout for later this week to protest recent revelations about the search giant’s protection of employees that had allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct, according to four people familiar with the situation inside Google.”

BBC: Egypt sentences activist for ‘spreading fake news’

BBC News: Egypt sentences activist for ‘spreading fake news’. “A court in Egypt has given human rights activist Amal Fathy a two-year-suspended sentence and a fine for ‘spreading fake news’. She has been in detention since May after posting a video criticising the government over the extent of sexual harassment in the country.”

WCAI: Scientist Publishes A List Of Known Harassers in Academia

WCAI: Scientist Publishes A List Of Known Harassers in Academia. “Rates of sexual abuse and harassment in academic science are second only to the military. It’s estimated that at least half of women faculty and staff face harassment and abuse and that 20 to 50 percent of women students in science, engineering, and medicine are abused by faculty. Those numbers are generally based on surveys, which are an important way of getting a handle on the problem and how it changes women’s career trajectories. But when it comes to holding institutions accountable and making meaningful changes, naming perpetrators may be even more powerful.”

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.”