Bumble recently added a filter to its professional networking mode, Bumble Bizz, to give women the option to only match with other women. The immediate response — mainly from men’s rights pages — was, “Isn’t this illegal?” Part of the outrage stems from the first article written about the feature, from CNBC, with a headline that said the tool “lets recruiters exclude men.” Another headline from Fortune followed, calling it a “‘Women Only’ Job Hunting Tool.” What the headlines, and subsequently men’s rights forums get wrong, is that Bizz isn’t meant to be used as a recruiting tool — just a networking feature. And even if it was, it wouldn’t necessarily run afoul of discrimination laws. Bumble Bizz first launched in 2017 as a separate mode within the dating app, allowing women and men to list their resume and skills. Comparisons were made to LinkedIn, but Bumble said that Bizz was designed … [Read more...] about Bumble’s women-only networking feature isn’t a job discrimination tool
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CAMBRIDGE — The 60-plus Harvard Law School professors who filed into an auditorium-style room on the first floor of Pound Hall on that February 1993 afternoon had a significant question to answer: Should they offer a job to Elizabeth Warren?The atmosphere was a little fraught. Outside the hall, students held a silent vigil to demand the law school add more minorities and women to a faculty dominated by white men. Related Links What Harvard professors say about Elizabeth Warren’s hiring A sampling of past applications of Elizabeth Warren The discussion among Harvard professors inside that room is supposed to remain a secret, but it’s still being dissected a quarter of a century later because the resulting vote set Warren on her way to becoming a national figure and a favored target for conservative critics, among them, notably and caustically, President Trump.Was Warren on the agenda because, as her critics say, she had decided to self-identify as a … [Read more...] about Ethnicity not a factor in Elizabeth Warren’s rise in law
Jennifer Chambers The Detroit News Published 12:01 AM EDT Oct 15, 2018 Detroit — The candidates running for Detroit's school board this fall include a football coach, a retired nurse, a program officer at a foundation, a recent high school graduate, two siblings and two former board members. Eight candidates in all are running for election to the Board of Education for the Detroit Public Schools Community District on Nov. 6. Two seats with four-year terms are open. This is the second election for the Detroit school board, the first being in 2016 when all eight current members were elected to terms starting Jan. 1, 2017. The field in the 2016 election had 63 candidates. The district faces several challenges: its drinking water is tainted with lead and copper, it has $500 million in needed infrastructure repairs and its teacher shortage is around 200 positions. Voters will see nine names on the … [Read more...] about Detroit school board race draws 8 candidates
In some ways, artificial intelligence acts like a mirror. Machine learning tools are designed to detect patterns, and they often reflect back the same biases we already know exist in our culture. Algorithms can be sexist, racist, and perpetuate other structural inequalities found in society. But unlike humans, algorithms aren’t under any obligation to explain themselves. In fact, even the people who build them aren’t always capable of describing how they work. That means people are sometimes left unable to grasp why they lost their healthcare benefits, were declined a loan, rejected from a job, or denied bail—all decisions increasingly made in part by automated systems. Worse, they have no way to determine whether bias played a role. In response to the problem of AI bias and so-called “black box” algorithms, many machine learning experts, technology companies, and governments have called for more fairness, accountability, and transparency in AI. The … [Read more...] about What Does a Fair Algorithm Actually Look Like?
caption “I realized I was being felt out.” Steve Jobs and Beth Comstock pictured. source Skye Gould/Business Insider, Michael Seto/Business Insider, Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Steve Jobs interviewed former GE and NBC exec Beth Comstock for a job in 2005. Comstock remembers chatting with him for an hour before Jobs offered her the position of general manager at iTunes, which she declined. Jobs then invited her to take a walk with him, after which he offered her to work directly for him, and she turned him down again. As the head of digital at NBC, in 2005, Beth Comstock was responsible for coordinating with Apple to get NBC’s digital content on iTunes. That meant she worked closely with Eddy Cue, vice president at iTunes and Steve’s “right-hand man.” In her new book, “Imagine It Forward,” written with Tahl Raz, Comstock recalls the somewhat surprising turn her relationship with Apple took … [Read more...] about ‘It was all very Jedi’: Former GE and NBC exec Beth Comstock remembers what it was like interviewing with Steve Jobs in 2005