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Google engineer's manifesto on diversity causes big stirA treatise that went viral within Google's ranks blames biology for why women are underrepresented in tech.
An internal document at Google is causing controversy. According to Motherboard, a document entitled, Google's Ideological Echo Chamber, has been circulating within the company. The ten page document was written by a Google software engineer, and is the personal opinion of that engineer. Gizmodo published a post in it's entirety. In the memo, the authors says women are underrepresented in technology partially due to biological reasons. "I'm simply stating that the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women." Differ in part due to biological causes and these differences may explain why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership. The document went on to say we also need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism. Reports say the memo was met with negative feedback by a majority of the employees who've seen it. Google is currently being investigated by the US Department of Labor for systematically paying its female employees less than it pays men. The company also issued an internal response to the memo which was obtained by Motherboard. The response was written by Google's Vice President of Diversity, Integrity, and Governance, Danielle Brown. In it she says, part of building an open inclusive environment means fostering a culture in which those with alternative views, including different political views, feel safe sharing their opinions. But, that discourse needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment Found in our code of conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws. For more coverage check out CNET.com. I'm Iyaz Akhtar and I'll see you online.