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Daily Archives: April 9, 2018

Trio of articles – Court rules women can’t be paid less than men based on past wages; Sexual harassment at work; the Womanly Art of Having an Opinion

This is still an issue for women in 2018 [why]…via ABCNews: “Employers cannot pay women less than men for the same work based on differences in their salaries at previous jobs, a federal appeals court said Monday. Pay differences based on prior salaries are discriminatory under the federal Equal Pay Act, a unanimous 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. The decision overturned a ruling last year by a smaller panel of 9th Circuit judges that had been criticized by equal pay advocates. Allowing pay differences based on previous salaries would perpetuate wage gaps between men and women that are based on discrimination in the job market, Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote. Reinhardt — considered among the most liberal members of the 9th Circuit — wrote the opinion before he died last month. “Although the (Equal Pay) Act has prohibited sex-based wage discrimination for more than fifty years, the financial exploitation of working women embodied by the gender pay gap continues to be an embarrassing reality of our economy,” Reinhardt wrote. Women made about 80 cents for every dollar men earned in 2015, according to U.S. government data. The ruling came in a lawsuit by California school employee Aileen Rizo, who learned in 2012 while having lunch with her colleagues that male counterparts hired after her were making more money. Fresno County public schools hired Rizo as a math consultant in 2009 for a little under $63,000 a year. The county had a standard policy that added 5 percent to her previous pay as a middle school math teacher in Arizona…The Equal Pay Act, signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, forbids employers from paying women less than men based on gender for equal work performed under similar working conditions. But it creates exemptions when pay is based on seniority, merit, quantity or quality of work or “any other factor other than sex…”

See also via Pew – Sexual Harassment at Work in the Era of #MeToo – Many see new difficulties for men in workplace interactions and little effect on women’s career opportunities and via WSJ (paywall) ‘Sharp’ Review: The Womanly Art of Having an Opinion – “Female thinkers who came up in a world that was not eager to hear women’s ideas about anything.”

Facebook data from 87M plus users may be be stored in Russia and Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress

Begin with The New York Times – Zuckerberg Gets a Crash Course in Charm. Will Congress Care? Then proceed to Mark Zuckerberg’s written testimony posted prior to his appearance before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce – April 11, 2018: “We face a number of important issues around privacy, safety, and democracy, and you… Continue Reading

Nearly Half of Corporate Giants Escape IRS Audit in 2017

“The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reports that nationally there are now 616 corporate giants. These are companies that reported $20 billion or more in assets. As recently as FY 2010 virtually every (96%) corporate giant received an IRS audit. By FY 2016, this had fallen to only three out of four (76%). And last year,… Continue Reading

Research – The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant

The Marshall Project – The link between immigration and crime</span exists in the imaginations of Americans, and nowhere else. “…As of 2017, according to Gallup polls, almost half of Americans agreed that immigrants make crime worse. But is it true that immigration drives crime? Many studies have shown that it does not. Immigrant populations in… Continue Reading

Stanford researchers use machine-learning algorithm to measure changes in gender, ethnic bias in U.S.

Stanford News: New Stanford research shows that, over the past century, linguistic changes in gender and ethnic stereotypes correlated with major social movements and demographic changes in the U.S. Census data. “Artificial intelligence systems and machine-learning algorithms have come under fire recently because they can pick up and reinforce existing biases in our society, depending… Continue Reading

Estimated two-thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by bots

Pew: “The role of so-called social media “bots” – automated accounts capable of posting content or interacting with other users with no direct human involvement – has been the subject of much scrutiny and attention in recent years. These accounts can play a valuable part in the social media ecosystem by answering questions about a… Continue Reading

Advocates Say Google’s YouTube Violates Federal Children’s Privacy Law

“Today, CCFC and the Center for Digital Democracy took a groundbreaking step to protect children’s privacy: We filed a Federal Trade Commission Complaint detailing how Google is breaking the law by collecting personal data from children on YouTube without parental consent. Our landmark complaint is supported by a coalition of 23 consumer and privacy groups.… Continue Reading

Elsevier launches Mendeley Data to manage entire lifecycle of research data

News release: “Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, has launched Mendeley Data, a new, cloud-based platform designed to help universities and researchers manage, share and showcase their research data. With Mendeley Data, researchers can safely record and share research data while improving its reuse via publication, while universities can showcase institutional… Continue Reading