'The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.'
The ten-page anti-diversity manifesto circulating round Google is simply the latest round in the ongoing exclusion of women and minorities from tech. The cod-evolutionary biology relied on by its anonymous author is a pile of tosh with a long and murky pedigree, and feeds directly into both white supremacism and misogyny. The manifesto ignores the actual history of tech in favour of assumptions and baselesss generalisations.
The Google doc is the tip of an iceberg of discrimination and harassment. What is to be done?
Despite concerns about limits on free expression caused by UN proposals with respect to Traditional Cultural Expressions, is the real danger much closer to home? David Mamet's use of copyright to restrict post-show discussion of his play "Oleanna" raises concerns about the chilling effects of extended uses of IP rights.
Food blogger Jack Monroe has won their libel action against Katie Hopkins in respect of two tweets libelling Monroe posted to Twitter on 18 May 2015. The columnist and controversialist has been ordered to pay £24,000 in libel damages plus £107,000 costs on account and further costs to be alleged On top of those sums, Hopkins will, of course, also have to pay her own lawyers. It is unlikely she will emerge with much change from half a million pounds.