Technology The fallout over that Google diversity memo rages on

11:11  13 august  2017
11:11  13 august  2017 Source:   CNET

Diversity backlash, illustrated in memo, is part of meritocracy debate

  Diversity backlash, illustrated in memo, is part of meritocracy debate Opposition to the tech industry's diversity initiatives, thrust into the open when a Google software engineer published an online manifesto over the weekend, reflects a simmering resentment that few have discussed openly — and that puts pressure on tech leaders to address. On Saturday an unnamed male engineer published "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," strongly suggesting the company encourage "ideological" rather than gender diversity. The author contends women don't make up 50% of the company's tech and leadership positions because of differences in their preferences and abilities, not sexism. By early Sunday, the memo had gone viral.

Included in the uproar: An op-ed from fired engineer James Damore, a call for Google ’s CEO to resign and no end in sight. Read More: The fallout over that Google diversity memo rages on – CNET.

Included in the uproar: An op-ed from fired engineer James Damore, a call for Google ’s CEO to resign and no end in sight.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: The new Google logo is displayed at the Google headquarters on September 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California. Google has made the most dramatic change to their logo since 1999 and have replaced their signature serif font with a new typeface called Product Sans. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images): Google's workforce is 69 percent male. That jumps to 80 percent when you consider just technical jobs. © Provided by CNET Google's workforce is 69 percent male. That jumps to 80 percent when you consider just technical jobs. After James Damore, the Google engineer who was fired this week, wrote a contentious memo about gender and diversity, he said he wanted to start a conversation between the left and the right. In that regard, he's been wildly successful.

For those not following along, Damore, a senior engineer at the world's biggest search engine, wrote a memo about a month ago entitled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber." It went viral throughout Google and last week it leaked to the press.

In the 10-page, 3,300-word manifesto, the 28-year-old argues that a gender gap at Google exists not solely because of sexism, but in part because of "biological" differences between men and women. The memo went viral after being posted on an internal network and sparked outrage from some Google employees.

Google fires employee behind anti-diversity memo

  Google fires employee behind anti-diversity memo Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told employees in a note that portions of the anti-diversity memo "violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace"James Damore, the engineer who wrote the memo, confirmed his dismissal, saying in an email to Reuters on Monday that he had been fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes".

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Damore has been on a media tour, giving interviews to Bloomberg and conservative YouTube host Stefan Molyneux. On Friday, he continued the blitz. In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal called "Why I was Fired by Google," he slammed the company for its attempt to "silence open and honest discussion."

"How did Google, the company that hires the smartest people in the world, become so ideologically driven and intolerant of scientific debate and reasoned argument?" he wrote.

The op-ed comes a day after Google CEO Sundar Pichai was supposed to hash it all out in an all-hands meeting with the company's more than 60,000 employees. Pichai canceled the meeting, though, after some employees expressed concerns about being harassed online. Later that night, Pichai made a public appearance at an event near Google's campus focused on young girls in tech.

Google fires employee behind viral anti-diversity memo

  Google fires employee behind viral anti-diversity memo Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after he authored an internal memo asserting there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the tech industry. James Damore, the engineer who wrote the memo, confirmed his dismissal, saying in an email to Reuters on Monday that he had been fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes".Damore said he was exploring all possible legal remedies, and that before being fired, he had submitted a charge to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) accusing Google upper management of trying to shame him into silence.

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Alphabet’s Google cancelled on Thursday a company-wide meeting scheduled to discuss the controversy over a memo opposing diversity policies, the company said, citing concerns about personal attacks on employees from far-right commentators.

"I want you to know there's a place for you in this industry," Pichai said to the young women in the audience. "There's a place for you at Google. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here, and we need you."

The controversy has fueled a national debate, at a time when Silicon Valley has had to grapple with tough questions about the diversity of its ranks. (Google's workforce is 69 percent male. That jumps to 80 percent when you consider just technical jobs.) The backlash has also turned Damore into a conservative hero, with one right-wing group setting up a crowdfunding page that's raised tens of thousands of dollars for the former Googler.

In the aftermath of memo-gate, everyone's had an opinion.

On Friday, Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer who shone a spotlight on the ride-hailing giant's workplace culture and diversity issues, weighed in after Damore's op-ed. She said the personal essay proved his memo was "sexist" and "anti-diversity."

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  Google memo writer faces tough legal road challenging firing The Google software engineer fired for writing an internal memo critical of diversity hiring policies at the company faces an uphill battle legally challenging his termination , but he could succeed in prolonging the controversy, potentially driving the tech firm to settle, legal experts said on Tuesday.

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David Brooks, the New York Times' conservative columnist, called for Pichai to resign. "This episode suggests he should seek a nonleadership position," Brooks wrote. "We are at a moment when mobs on the left and the right ignore evidence and destroy scapegoats. That's when we need good leaders most."

So, forthright opinions all around. And needless to say, the issue isn't going away anytime soon. 

Wrath of right falls on Google .
The firing of a Google programmer who authored a controversial memo criticizing the company’s diversity initiatives has become a cause célèbre for many on the right.

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