This year's Consumer Electronics Show keynote lineup is anything but diverse. Not a single main stage speaker is female nor a member of an underrepresented minority. Although the organizers claimed there weren't many qualified women speakers to choose from, industry leaders were quick to point out the diverse lineups at other events, including our own Grace Hopper Celebration.
In 1995, tech visionary Anita Borg issued a challenge: to create a technical workforce made up of 50 percent women by the year 2020. When Anita issued this challenge, 37% of computer scientists in the U.S. were female. But today, we're looking at a very different workforce — one that is struggling to recover from a steep drop in gender diversity over the past 20 years.
Dr. Ayanna Howard, an ABIE Award Winner, will be the next chair of the Georgia Tech College of Computing's School of Interactive Computing.
The FCC's proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO) damages our community in many ways, some more obvious than others.
We spoke with Dr. Margaret Martonosi and Dr. Sarita Adve about their concern over the lack of diversity in tech.