A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy

Social Justice Day

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.

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.

Women & Girls in Science Assembly & Girl Geek Dinners are Back!!

Anika Chebrolu

2021 Theme: Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19

This year’s celebration of the Day will address the theme “Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19” and will gather together experts working in fields related to the pandemic from different parts of the world.

The 2021 main event will take place online. A simultaneous interpretation of the debates will be provided in English and French.

On 11 February 2021, the 6th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly will be held at the United Nations Headquarters virtually. With great momentum and interest to accelerate progress in achieving the 2030 Development Agenda and its 17 Global Goals, the 6th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly theme will be Beyond the Borders: Equality in Science for Society, with a special focus on the value of the social aspects and cultural dimensions in Science, Technology and Innovation to enhance sustainable development programmes.

GirlGeekDinners

We know that it’s been an interesting year and our Girl Geek Dinners was put on hold after we had a full year of events booked in with many great companies wanting to host. As we have been busy pivoting the Women’s Tech Hub to online we decided not to worry about it until we had a better overview of where we would be this year. Seeing as not much has changed yet we have put together some virtual meetups to allow our members to have a catch-up.

The first of these meetups will be 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

These talks will focus on how two geek-girls, graduating from different disciplines, ended up in data analytics/science. Eleni, our first speaker, went through a ‘more formal’ path by studying a second degree ten years after the first one, while taking an Apprenticeship full-time job. Gabriela, our second speaker, took a ‘less formal’ path by taking on analytics projects in her former jobs while teaching herself how to code and use specific software. Now they both work for Jisc, and couldn’t be happier about working with data! To close the talks, we will hear from Lydia on the importance of diversity & inclusion of the Tech sector, and how Jisc is embracing and benefitting from having more diverse teams. Feel free to hang around after the talks to talk to any of the speakers, network, or just have a drink with like-minded geek-girls!

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. The highlights that we spotted this week is obviously the Women & Girls in Science Assembly.

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 10th of February with the WebDev101 project and the PyLabs group. Details of each of the groups and what they are up to you can find on their respective pages PyLAB and WebDEV101 . We have decided to be more efficient and this week is the final Manic Monday and we will host an extra room for Women Tech Hub members to hang out at the Workshop Wednesdays to catch up if needed. 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

D-Risk Survey

As we work in autonomous technology we are keeping a close look on what’s coming through in the industry and for any of those also with an interest, it may be worth you having a look at this survey to give some feedback into what you believe to be acceptable driving behaviour. It’s fun to do and does pose some interesting scenarios .. and let’s face it, we know humans are not the best behaviorally whilst driving. Its also looking for edge case scenarios so asks you to share any interesting use cases.

How to restart an academic career during a pandemic

Thanks Kathryn for the link about a woman getting back into tech:

A long time ago I was a researcher and I pined for the chance to get back into the world of academia, to experience those eureka moments again. By chance, during a trip to the ‘Big Bang Festival’ science fair with my family, I discovered the Daphne Jackson Trust stand. The Trust offer the chance to return to academic research on a flexible part-time basis in the UK and Ireland, after a prolonged career break taken for family, caring or health reasons….

Unleash Your Potential: Innovation and Enterprise

A FREE course from the university of Bristol that we spotted.

Discover how to shape your world with innovation:

  • In the ever-changing and highly competitive world, we live in, the ability to think creatively has never been more important.
  • Get an introduction to innovation and enterprise, and gain the confidence to generate ideas so that you can make a difference, with this online course from the University of Bristol.
  • You’ll learn ways to develop ideas, gain creative confidence, and turn ideas into action.
  • You’ll improve your problem-solving capabilities, and discover problem structuring tools to tackle complex issues.
  • Finally, you’ll learn how to develop networks, articulate ideas, and pitch successfully.
Mashable:
9 scary revelations from 40 years of facial recognition research

The largest study of facial recognition databases to date show its revealing origins and flaws.

SpaceX sets yet another rocket reusability record

SpaceX reused one of its Falcon 9 rockets for the fifth time – record number one. On top of that, the rocket was used just 27 days ago, making it the fastest turnaround between missions in SpaceX history – record number two.

China’s Tianwen-1 probe beams back a fresh look at the planet Mars

China has almost reached the red planet. The Chinese probe Tianwen-1 is just days away from entering orbit around Mars. That means it’s already close enough to get some pretty good looks at Earth’s neighbor, and one of those early looks has been beamed back home and released by the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA).

MIT Technology Review:
The next act for messenger RNA could be bigger than covid vaccines

New messenger RNA vaccines to fight the coronavirus are based on a technology that could transform medicine. Next up: sickle cell and HIV.

Lunik: Inside the CIA’s audacious plot to steal a Soviet satellite

How a team of spies in Mexico got their hands on Russia’s space secrets—and tried to change the course of the Cold War.

BBC Tech News:
Can AI tackle racial inequalities in healthcare?

“We didn’t train the algorithm to predict what the doctor was going to say about the X-ray,” says Ziad Obermeyer, an assistant professor at Berkeley and co-author of the study.

“We trained it to predict what the patient was going to say about their own experience of pain in the knee.”

How will ‘chipageddon’ affect you?

“That means products could get more expensive – or at least not fall in price over time as you would normally expect,” Ben Wood, from the CCS Insight consultancy, says. “And supply will be limited. “So if there’s a gadget you really want to get, don’t think about hanging around to see if there’s a better deal in a few months’ time.”

Conferences

Symposium: Safety-Critical Systems Symposium (SSS’21) 9th – 11th February

The management of the pandemic has used systems like never before: everything from models predicting the spread of the disease to thermal scanners at airports and contact tracing apps on phones. New systems and services have been developed or re-purposed to assist in record time, but assurance of these solutions is missing in many cases. There is no doubt that many of these solutions are now safety-related, and lives have been affected by failures, e.g. in Track & Trace.


International Day of Women and Girls in Science 11th of February

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

“Beyond the Borders: Equality in Science for Society” for the People & the Planet

The 6th International Day of Women & Girls in Science Assembly takes place on the 11th at the United Nations Headquarters, Virtually.

With great momentum and interest to accelerate progress in achieving the 2030 Development Agenda and its 17 Global Goals, the 6th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly is organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT), and Permanent Missions of Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Hungary, Kenya, Malta, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia -to the United Nations and co-sponsored by Permanent Missions of Costa Rica, Montenegro and San Marino to the United Nations, as well as the African Union, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the World Intellectuals Property Organization (WIPO).

The 6th Assembly theme is “Beyond the Borders: Equality in Science for Society”, with a special focus on the value of the social aspects and cultural dimensions in Science, Technology and Innovation to enhance sustainable development programs.

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.