Dueling Google memos reveal a company struggling with culture change

    By: Clair Fuller on Aug 07, 2017

    Ellen McGirt writes, "It started as an anti-diversity memo on Google’s internal mailing list. Then it tumbled—first in bits and pieces, then in its entirety—into public view.

    'Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,' is a 10-page manifesto published by an anonymous Google software engineer that argues several points, chiefly among them that the search giant’s left-leaning biases are shutting down conversations about their flawed diversity agenda. '[W]hen it comes to diversity and inclusion, Google’s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence.'

    After a bit of throat-clearing, he makes his case. 'At Google, we’re regularly told that implicit (unconscious) and explicit biases are holding women back in tech and leadership,' he says. 'I’m simply stating that the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes,' and further, 'and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership.'

    The memo's existence was first reported by Motherboard, then later published in its entirety by Gizmodo.

    The online response was swift and angry. (Fortune’s David Z. Morris has an excellent recap here.) It also pulled back the curtain briefly on the search giant’s efforts to do what to some seems impossible: Transform a culture of tech machismo into one of harmonious inclusion."


    Released: August 7, 2017, 9:40 am
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