Inside Uber’s Workplace Culture; Google Renews Fight for Racial Justice

Posted February 23rd, 2017 at 12:16 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

A man arrives at the Uber offices in Queens, New York, U.S., Feb. 2, 2017. (Reuters)

A man arrives at the Uber offices in Queens, New York, U.S., Feb. 2, 2017. (Reuters)

Inside Uber’s Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture

Ride-hailing app Uber, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful ventures, is in full damage control after engineer Susan Fowler, who left Uber in December, recently described a long-standing culture of gender discrimination and harassment. In an in-depth look, the New York Times says that includes groping, slurs and even threats of violence.

Google.org Is Committing $11.5 Million to Racial Justice

Google.org has renewed its commitment to reducing racial disparity in the U.S. criminal justice system with an additional $11.5 million. That’s on top of $3 million granted last year to 10 racial justice groups. Now Google.org has to identify the recipients of the new grant, half of which is focused on data science and transparency. The other half goes to new models of reform in the criminal justice system.

How to Scrub Your Private Data From ‘People Finder’ Sites

If you are trying to save the remaining vestiges of your privacy in an increasingly-connected world, there are still a few things you can do. Writer Fahmida Y. Rashid offers some useful tips to users who don’t mind the extra work to help them weed out their personal information from people finder sites.

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Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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