A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy

That’s the 2021 Theme for World Day of Social Justice

Since early 2020, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to remote working arrangements and allowed for the continuation of many business activities, further reinforcing the growth and impact of the digital economy. The crisis has also laid bare and exacerbated the growing digital divide within, between and across developed and developing countries, particularly in terms of the availability, affordability and use of information ICTs and access to the internet, deepening existing inequalities.

There’s an event that you can attend but its running on the 23rd as this falls on a Saturday see details here and if you want to get active in this area maybe take a look at the Not Equal Tech Group

Not-Equal is a UKRI funded network, NetworkPlus, that aims to foster new collaborations in order to create the conditions for digital technology to support social justice, and develop a path for inclusive digital innovation and a fairer future for all in and through the digital economy.

A couple of the statements in the report:

GirlGeekDinners

On the 25th of February and is entitled All roads lead to Rome – How different types of training and career paths can take you to landing a job in data analytics/science. Full details of the agenda and the BIOs of the great women doing the talks can be found on our new GirlGeekDinners event page here.

Events

There’s an up-to-date list of this week’s events and future conferences on our pages.

Keep an eye on our jobs board as there are some seriously great purpose-driven companies looking to improve their inclusivity by reaching out to our members & candidates. If you are currently looking for a job or considering a move or simply interested in working in tech then feel free to mail us for a chat on info@wthub.org.

Workshop Wednesdays

We’re back on Wednesday the 24th of February with the WebDev101 project and the PyLab groups. Details of each of the groups and what they are up to you can find on their respective pages PyLAB and WebDEV101 . For our members wishing to catch up, we will also have Women Tech Hub members hangout for you. For more detailed chats and support, you can mail us on info@wthub.org to arrange a 121.

Should anyone want to cut their teeth doing a talk please let us know on info@wthub.org. You can sign up for the next one at Workshop Wednesdays also you can pop into CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on in case you missed it

Mashable:
Lego’s interactive quiz teaches kids online empathy

Lego has launched a new interactive experience that aims to teach kids online empathy.

Timed to launch with this year’s Safer Internet Day, the educational online quiz is part of a new partnership with digital education think tank DQ Institute.

‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ gets a Grammy-worthy, COVID-themed parody

You may recognize the UK-based family of six from their YouTube channel, which helped them go semi-viral last March with a pandemic-themed cover of “One Day More” from Les Misérables. Now, they’re back with an exquisite parody of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” — fittingly retitled “Totally Fixed Where We Are” — which has over 1.2 millions views at the time of this writing.

MIT Technology Review:

Auditors are testing hiring algorithms for bias, but there’s no easy fix

AI audits may overlook certain types of bias, and they don’t necessarily verify that a hiring tool picks the best candidates for a job.

The battle of algorithms: Uncovering offensive AI

As machine-learning applications move into the mainstream, a new era of cyber threat is emerging—one that uses offensive artificial intelligence (AI) to supercharge attack campaigns. Offensive AI allows attackers to automate reconnaissance, craft tailored impersonation attacks, and even self-propagate to avoid detection. Security teams can prepare by turning to defensive AI to fight back—using autonomous…

This is how we lost control of our faces

The largest ever study of facial-recognition data shows how much the rise of deep learning has fueled a loss of privacy.

BBC Tech News:
Bumble: Female-founded dating app tops $13bn in market debut

Its Wall Street success made 31-year-old boss Whitney Wolfe Herd a rare self-made female billionaire. Bumble, which also owns Badoo, is one of less than two dozen US firms to list publicly while led by a female founder.

Coca-Cola company trials first paper bottle

Coca-Cola is to test a paper bottle as part of a longer-term bid to eliminate plastic from its packaging entirely. The prototype is made by a Danish company from an extra-strong paper shell that still contains a thin plastic liner.

Conferences

International Conference on Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-Exclusion 15th – 16th of February

Aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-Exclusion.

International Conference and Expo on Otolaryngology 15th – 16th of February

This conference has some unique offerings which is unmatched and rare. We are introducing a direct approach for small & local businesses, scientific organizations and hospitals, research centers to grow and expand more in their continent. So that they can work with large enterprises in a promising manner in any upcoming hard days.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Conference February the 17th

Helping you support and enhance diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion has a major link to how a company performs – diverse teams show greater innovation which can directly link to higher financial results. Evidence shows that more inclusive workplaces lead to higher employee engagement, satisfaction and performance.

So join us for the Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Conference 2021 and uncover how you can make real changes in your organisation to support your D&I agenda, improve employee engagement, and drive innovation.

999th International Academic Conference on Development in Science and Technology 18th – 19th of February

The Academics World 999th International Academic Conference on Development in Science and Technology (IACDST) aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Development in Science and Technology. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the fields of Development in Science and Technology.

This Week’s happenings have moved to our Events page

As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.

Women’s Tech Hub products

Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).

Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.

Engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.