Google fires manifesto engineer

The software engineer behind the controversial anti-diversity memo has been fired for breaking the company’s code of conduct.

James Damore’s 10-page manifesto titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” struck a nerve in California and across the greater global tech community. Among many themes in the diatribe, the author argued the low number of women in tech is due to biological differences rather than discrimination. Google CEO Sundar Pichai later released a memo stating, “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK.”

Google’s 2017 diversity report indicates 20% of the company’s tech workers are women – up from 17% in 2014.

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This story is taken from the 11 August 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.