A recent paper 'Being Bipolar: A Qualitative Analysis of the Experience of Bipolar Disorder as Described in Internet Blogs' demonstrates the gulf which still seems to exist between some some academic researchers and privacy professionals when it comes to the ethics of using online material for research without the consent of the authors of such material.
'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?