Unexamined Privilege

Fantastic piece from Zeldman about homogenous design culture and its awful results in algorithmic design on Facebook’s Year in Review. So awful that it could include photos of dead spouses, parents and children:

So it comes back to this. When we talk about the need for diversity in tech, we’re not doing it because we like quota systems. Diverse backgrounds produce differing points of view. And those differences are needed if we are to put the flowering of internet genius to use actually helping humanity with its many terrifying and seemingly intractable problems.

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