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Twitter’s real diversity problem isn’t in Silicon Valley offices. It’s … on Twitter | Jess Zimmerman | Comment is free | theguardian.com

When so many people who build our technology are white brogrammers, does their culture matter as much as their products?

 

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‘We have a very clear set of goals,’ Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said in a post-earnings report interview with CNBC on Tuesday. ‘And they’re all based on core characteristics.’ Photograph: Iain Masterton / Alamy

 

Whenever a new workplace “diversity” report surfaces from Silicon Valley – like the new one demonstrating that Twitter is even whiter and maler than you imagined – we are treated to a flurry of well-deserved hand-wringing about what this means for the tech industry.

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What’s in a (hurricane) name? More deaths: study | Reuters

A plea for help is seen on the roof of a home flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana September 4, 2005.

A plea for help is seen on the roof of a home flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana September 4, 2005.

 

(Reuters) – Would more residents of New Orleans have evacuated ahead of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 if it had been named Kurt?

 

A study published on Monday suggests they would have, perhaps reducing Katrina’s death toll of more than 1,800.

 

Because people unconsciously think a storm with a female name is less dangerous than one with a masculine name, those in its path are less likely to flee, and are therefore more vulnerable to harm.

 

As a result, strong Atlantic hurricanes with the most feminine names caused an estimated five times more deaths than those with the most masculine names, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign wrote in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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▶ Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost (T-Labs) @ 4010 Telekom Shop Berlin | YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgzPZiQsZ8w

 

Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost stellt das Forschungsprojekt „G — Gender Inspired Technology“ vor. Im Mittelpunkt des Projektes stehen zukunftsweisende Kommunikationstechnologien, die insbesondere den Wünschen und Visionen von Frauen gerecht werden. Die Ausstellung zeigt Handyprototypen, die in zahlreichen Workshops mit Frauen zwischen 14 und 65 Jahren entstanden sind und die sehr anschaulich zeigen, wie weibliche Lebenslagen in die Konzeption neuer Produkte und Dienste einfließen können. (T-Labs 2010)

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s.a.: Gesche Joost: Steinbrücks Netzexpertin wird Internetbotschafterin – SPIEGEL ONLINE.