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The Most Influential Figures On Wikipedia Are White, Western Males
Judging by Wikipedia popularity, who are the most important historical figures of all time? According to one algorithm, it’s 18th century scientist Carl Linnaeus, followed by Jesus. According to a modified version of the algorithm, it’s Hitler, then Michael Jackson.
In fact, the full lists of top influential figures compared among 24 different language editions of Wikipedia differ substantially, according to a recent study. The one thing they all had in common? The top 30 to 60 figures, across all lists, were mostly post-17th century Western white guys. On average, only 10% of the lists were female.
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The Most Influential Figures On Wikipedia Are White, Western Males

Judging by Wikipedia popularity, who are the most important historical figures of all time? According to one algorithm, it’s 18th century scientist Carl Linnaeus, followed by Jesus. According to a modified version of the algorithm, it’s Hitler, then Michael Jackson.

In fact, the full lists of top influential figures compared among 24 different language editions of Wikipedia differ substantially, according to a recent study. The one thing they all had in common? The top 30 to 60 figures, across all lists, were mostly post-17th century Western white guys. On average, only 10% of the lists were female.

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Comedy Central (comedycentral) President Michele Ganeless reveals some details about the network’s next big late-night bet.

The Minority Report setup will be similar to The Daily Show and Colbert Report, but with a twist: For parts of the show Larry Wilmore will be joined by a panel of co-hosts, presumably along the lines of The View or Real Time With Bill Maher. … The idea is for the group to reflect a range of points of view. “It’s not being done right now in late night—a panel of diverse voices, a panel of underrepresented voices,” says Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless. “This is the African American point of view, the female point of view, the Latino point of view, on all issues of the day. It’s holistic—it’s not just about looking at a black point of view and black issues. It’s giving these underrepresented voices an opportunity to be heard on all issues. That array of voices will be a big part of the show.”

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Comedy Central (comedycentral) President Michele Ganeless reveals some details about the network’s next big late-night bet.

The Minority Report setup will be similar to The Daily Show and Colbert Report, but with a twist: For parts of the show Larry Wilmore will be joined by a panel of co-hosts, presumably along the lines of The View or Real Time With Bill Maher. … The idea is for the group to reflect a range of points of view. “It’s not being done right now in late night—a panel of diverse voices, a panel of underrepresented voices,” says Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless. “This is the African American point of view, the female point of view, the Latino point of view, on all issues of the day. It’s holistic—it’s not just about looking at a black point of view and black issues. It’s giving these underrepresented voices an opportunity to be heard on all issues. That array of voices will be a big part of the show.”

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The company’s first workforce diversity report is a groundbreaking step for the tech industry, but the statistics themselves are dismaying.

While Google is being widely lauded for publicly owning up to its diversity challenges (it is the first major tech company to do so), the stats themselves are dismaying. Women at Google comprise only 30% of the global workforce, 21% of leadership roles, and 17% of tech roles. Minorities have it worse, with black and Hispanics together making up only 5% of the entire U.S. team, whereas they are about 28% of the U.S. workforce overall.

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The company’s first workforce diversity report is a groundbreaking step for the tech industry, but the statistics themselves are dismaying.

While Google is being widely lauded for publicly owning up to its diversity challenges (it is the first major tech company to do so), the stats themselves are dismaying. Women at Google comprise only 30% of the global workforce, 21% of leadership roles, and 17% of tech roles. Minorities have it worse, with black and Hispanics together making up only 5% of the entire U.S. team, whereas they are about 28% of the U.S. workforce overall.

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Ben Jealous is using his background as a social activist to revolutionize Silicon Valley.

Jealous likes to explain the challenge in terms anyone can understand—from Silicon Valley giants to Trekkies. “We need Captain Hernandez, not just Lieutenant Uhuru,” he says about TV’s most famous techies. “If Captain Kirk found geniuses from places as disparate as Vulcan and Scotland, we can find more of them in Harlem and Appalachia.”

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Ben Jealous is using his background as a social activist to revolutionize Silicon Valley.

Jealous likes to explain the challenge in terms anyone can understand—from Silicon Valley giants to Trekkies. “We need Captain Hernandez, not just Lieutenant Uhuru,” he says about TV’s most famous techies. “If Captain Kirk found geniuses from places as disparate as Vulcan and Scotland, we can find more of them in Harlem and Appalachia.”

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An excerpt from Dear Marissa Mayer critics: It’s time to rally around great leaders everywhere:
"Some have claimed that Mayer’s not an accurate representation of a woman working in technology. Above all, a high-fashion woman like this could certainly not be relatable. But who’s to say what a role model should look like? It’s always going to be something, and it’s time to live and let live and celebrate the increasing diversity of those among us who dare to lead and be themselves along the way.”
 

An excerpt from Dear Marissa Mayer critics: It’s time to rally around great leaders everywhere:

"Some have claimed that Mayer’s not an accurate representation of a woman working in technology. Above all, a high-fashion woman like this could certainly not be relatable. But who’s to say what a role model should look like? It’s always going to be something, and it’s time to live and let live and celebrate the increasing diversity of those among us who dare to lead and be themselves along the way.”

 

Blerdology is a tech social enterprise focused on increasing the number of African Americans in technology and making life better for those already in the space by facilitating networking and exposure opportunities. We’re also the first organization to host hackathons specifically targeting African Americans.

African Americans compose less than 1 percent of tech professionals and entrepreneurs and we feel this diversity of thought is much needed.

Our hackathons are unique in that we pairs coders with aspiring minority entrepreneurs and build their projects on site for little to no cost. Entrepreneurs also meet with business consultants and investors on site to work through their business models and plan for the future. We collect our coders resumes and supply them to our sponsors and other corporations so that our supporters can further their career ambitions.

We also generally have some type of philanthropic element to our events, often donating a portion of the proceeds to a local STEM or tech-focused charity in the city of the event.

We have upcoming plans for a tech camp with the US State Department and a series of startup mixers across North America.

Fast Company is a big supporter of diversity in coding & software, Co.Labs has even made a promise to cover the issue until there are as many women working in software as men.