Diversity Problem in Computing Culture

“Imagine a computer programmer,” asks Lilibeth Perez  in her speech and adds “You probably thought of a male, Caucasian, in his thirties, poor social skills, maybe poorly dressed.” This is the general stereotype of people who works in computing sector. Actually, the numbers are in the articles confirmed that this statement is not be only a stereotype but a reality of the sector which lacks of diversity in both racial and gender.

The numbers in the articles are quite shocking about the diversity in computer culture. After the numbers revealed, big tech companies started to be aware of the problem and they aimed to balance the numbers. Some of the companies started to take actions. For instance, Facebook expanded its summer internship program for minority computer science majors and started a new internship for minority business majors. Moreover, some tech companies sent their employees to high schools to guide underprivileged students.

Although steps taken by tech companies are promising, I believe the most important thing to address the lack of diversity in tech industry is to define the underlying factors of this problem.  As New Yorker states the conversation about diversity in tech is also a conversation about social change—about economic inequality, access to education, and the latent racism and sexism of an industry that prides itself on building the future. Therefore, the solution of this problem requires collaboration between government agencies, tech companies and social organizations. 

1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-novak/diversity computerprogramming_b_4303004.html

2. http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/why-cant-silicon-valley-solve-its-diversity-problem

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