Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Oct 12, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about inclusion in the workplace, biased AI, a study that looked at the words used to describe male and female applicants and a great NY Times feature celebrating the #DayoftheGirl. Happy Friday!

Diversity & Inclusion Round Up
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Category

Gender

A team of researchers from Rice University analysed recommendation letters for job candidates and found that there was a significant difference how male and female job applicants were described. Because of the choice of words, the letters recommending females signalled more doubts than the letters for men – although the purpose of the letters was to actually help the applicants. Read more here.

Bias

We spoke a few times about the challenges AI might bring, especially with regard to built-in biases. According to a Reuters report, Amazon faced such challenges with their recruitment tool. The system was trained using profiles from past applicants (predominantly male) and ended up actually penalizing profiles that mentioned the word “woman”. Amazon has in the meantime stopped using the program.

Girls Empowerment

October 11 was International Day of the Girl and the NY Times decided to feature young women from all over the world, asking them to show what it means to turn 18 years in their community. Worth reading!

Read more here


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Ericsson Middle East & Africa. Born in Germany, she lived in the US and various countries in Europe until 2012, when she moved to South Africa.
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