Human capital: Uber's black workforce is shrinking


Welcome back to Human Capital where I break down the latest developments in diversity, equity and inclusion, and working in technology.

TL; DR: This week Apple announced its third leader in diversity and inclusion in four years. Uber's black workforce has shrunk despite the company's commitment to anti-racism, and Reddit hired its second black board member this year.

Meanwhile, Facebook's content moderators spoke out against the company for forcing some of them to work in the office during a pandemic. A new report from Silicon Valley Rising showed that 63% of technical workers are Black or Latin American.

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Facebook content moderators are demanding better protection and benefits

A group of more than 200 moderators of Facebook content, as well as a few full-time employees, urged the technology company to "stop unnecessarily risking moderators' lives." They wrote an open letter to Facebook and the company's contractors who manage content moderators Accenture and Covalen. The demands came afterwards The Intercept reported Like some Facebook content moderators dealing with things like sexual abuse and graphic violence had to return to the office during the pandemic. Shortly after they returned to the office, a Facebook content moderator reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

Facebook later defended its decision to bring some content moderators into the office, saying it was "unable to deliver some of the most sensitive and graphical content to outsourced reviewers at home". Guy Rosen, Vice President for Integrity, said at a news conference. “This is really sensitive content. This is not something that people are supposed to check out with their family from home. "

Turo is donating $ 1 million to help eradicate wealth inequality

Car sharing marketplace Turo has teamed up with Kiva Offering interest-free loans to black people and people from traditionally underserved communities to buy cars and then share them on Turo. The $ 1 million pledge aims to address the problem of wealth inequality in the United States.

Known as the Turo Seed Initiative, those eligible can raise up to $ 15,000 through crowdfunding and Turo's matching program. To raise money for Kiva, people need to use the funds for business purposes, including car sharing for Turo. They can raise up to $ 7,500 through Kiva and Turo will then raise up to $ 7,500. From there, they can buy a car and list it on Turo.

Tech's cafeteria staff, security guards, etc. are mostly black or Latin American

A Silicon Valley Rising Report It has recently been shown that around 63% of technical workers are black or Latin American. These are the workers who cook and serve food in tech company cafeterias, drive tech shuttles, or work as security guards or administrators.

Also this weekA group of cafeteria workers who used to work in the Verizon Media offices protested outside the CEO's home in San Francisco. These employees were laid off by Verizon Media contractor Compass in September. Meanwhile, LinkedIn At the end of June, more than 260 food service employees were no longer paid and Tesla In April, 280 caretakers and bus drivers were fired.

Transition from Trump to Biden: Now is not the time for complacency

On the episode of TC Mixtape this week, we spoke to Y Vonne Hutchinson of Ready Set about DEI and what a new administration means to the work they and so many others do. Here is an excerpt from our conversation:

While I am optimistic and so excited about the prospect that we will see no harm as we did under the Trump administration, I also remember the Obama administration. This is not like those structures that have been spinning – it didn't happen out of the blue.

I hope that we have learned some really valuable lessons when it comes to the implications not only of a lack of inclusion of diversity because it feels so milky, but also on these exclusive and harmful organizations, platforms and powerful people in our branch. I hope we learned from our mistakes there. But I think there will always be a temptation to say, "Well, we got Trump out and the job is done" [or] feel a little complacent. I worry about this complacency. Because, you know, the filthy, nasty undercurrents, all of that stuff that got us where we are today – all of that is still there, all of this festering toxicity.

We still have a lot to do, and I'm not saying everyone is a bad actor and you know get rid of it. But I think we need to be really critical and think about what accountability is like for our industry and make sure we don't get into the bad habits that we have made and that brought us here in the first place. So I'm waiting to see how that turns out.

Apple announces a new head of D&I

Apple recently announced Barbara Whye, former head of D&I at Intel. will join them as Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity in early 2021. The announcement came after former D&I director Christie Smith left the company in June "to spend time with her family". said an Apple spokesman at the time. Smith had been in the role since late 2017 after Denise Young Smith, the company's first vice president for Diversity and Inclusion, left in the role after only six months.

Uber's D&I efforts fail this year

Uber recently released its latest diversity report, which shows a decline in the overall representation of black workers in the US, despite an increased focus on racial justice this year following the police murder of George Floyd. In 2019, Uber was 9.3% black, while this year only 7.5% of its employees are black.

Uber attributes the decline in black employees to his own Layoffs earlier this yearBo Young Lee, Uber's chief diversity officer, told TechCrunch that approximately 40% of community workers have been laid off.

"As a company that has expressed its stance on anti-racism so publicly, that's unacceptable," she said.

This inadvertent decline in the black population in Uber "led to a lot of soul searching," she said. “Dara was sure to be upset about it. Every leader was. It showed how easy it is to lose a little ground after all the work you've done. "

Reddit adds another black director to the board

Reddit has appointed Paula Price, who served on the boards of six public companies including Accenture and Deutsche Bank, to the board of directors. With Price's appointment, she is one of two black directors on the company's board of directors.

"Paula's vast experience as a world-class financial leader and strategic advisor will be hugely enriching for us in the years to come," said Steve Huffman, Reddit CEO, in a statement. "Best of all, she embodies the two qualities most important to this seat on the board: expertise to guide the company in times of transformative growth and real passion for Reddit's mission."

Before Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian stepped down from the board and asked the company to appoint a black director to take his place, Reddit had no black board members. Reddit took Ohanian's advice and appointed Y Combinator Michael Seibel to the board.

LAPD bans commercial facial recognition

Following a query from Buzzfeed regarding government officials' use of Clearview The LAPD has banned the use of commercial facial recognition programs. That is not to say that LAPD is no longer using facial recognition, which compares images with suspicious booking records, but is no longer using facial recognition tools based on social media and other websites.