Wired: Google Deliberately Confuses Its Employees, Fed Says . “THE DEPARTMENT OF Labor’s increasingly heated dispute with Google over a gender pay gap began, innocently enough, with a routine audit.” More background on this case.
Washington Post: The Labor Department just lost a battle with Google over its alleged gender pay gap. “The Labor Department will not get access to the full details it has requested on 21,000 Google employees as part of its investigation of equal pay, an administrative law judge has ruled, saying that the agency’s demand for data is too broad and could violate workers’ privacy.”
In development: an online archive about Kentucky suffrage. “It’s hard to live in Lexington long without learning something about Henry Clay, the 19th century statesman, and Cassius Marcellus Clay, the colorful anti-slavery activist. But you may not know this: When American women were demanding equal rights in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Clay cousins’ female descendants were leading the charge.”
The Guardian: Women’s Voluntary Services records reveal grassroots wartime life. “Among thousands of second world war records available to the public for the first time, detailing the activities of more than 1 million women who joined the Women’s Voluntary Services to help with the war effort on the Home Front, there are glimpses of how desperate life was for many among the jolly accounts of mended toys, gloves knitted out of recycled scraps of wool, darned jumpers and cakes improvised from improbable ingredients.”
IFTTT has added new resources to its Data Access Project. “Coming out of our work on Applets for activism, we started speaking with the team at Equal Rights Advocates. When we embarked on the Data Access Project, we realized it was the perfect opportunity to work closely with ERA to build out a service, and bring more non-profits to IFTTT. Here’s an in-depth look at these groups, and why we’re excited to have them on the platform.”
University of California Merced: Researchers Eye Social Media’s Influence on Relationships, Stress. “Nearly 70 percent of Americans use some form of social media, according to a Pew Research Center survey. There is little doubt it affects our daily lives — but how? UC Merced Ph.D. graduate Holly Rus recently defended her dissertation on social media and well-being. She and her advisor, Professor Jitske Tiemensma, have published a review of 26 scholarly articles on social media and romantic relationships in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. The research they reviewed was insightful, but not yet conclusive.”
University of Massachusetts: Can Facebook be used to deliver a post-partum weight loss intervention?. “Can a social media tool such as Facebook be used to deliver a post-partum weight loss intervention? UMass Medical School scientist Molly Waring, PhD, thinks it’s possible and with a $750,000 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, will test the concept with a three-year pilot randomized controlled trial.”