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!
In October, we celebrate Global Diversity Awareness Month and at Ericsson, the over-arching theme for this year is Inclusion. In this TED Talk, Melinda Epler talks about inclusion in the workplace and how we can become allies to those who are being underrepresented or even discriminated.
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.
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.
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!