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Tech & AI Can Make Work More Human - Gapsquare in Delphi

Posted by Hazel Lush on Aug 22, 2019 9:59:31 AM

In a recent Lexxion Delphi publication tackling Cyberwarfare, AI and Democracy and Digital Platforms
Gapsquare's CEO & CTO share how artificial Intelligence, machine learning and other technologies are profoundly changing how we live today. These new technologies & developments are at the forefront of conversations about future workplace dynamics and are set to revolutionise and streamline inclusivity in many industries.

Unfortunately, it is increasingly clear that old biases are being built into AI and machine learning. As Zara Nanu, Gapsquare's CEO argues in Delphi, emerging technology is based on existing biased data, and therefore mirror these biases. Take, for example, Amazon’s scrapped AI recruiting tool, which was created to optimise hiring by observing patterns in successful CVs and looking for these in prospective applicants. Because the bulk of previously successful CVs came from men– reflecting the male dominance in the tech industry – the tool learnt to hire people from this same demographic.

For the team at Gapsquare, now is the time to ensure AI is less biased, more inclusive and fair and represents the best of what it means to be human. AI needs to open doors for a wider range of people and it needs to learn to look beyond old approaches and bias-filled data. 

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To achieve this, argue the Gapsquare team, we must start by improving diversity within the tech sector through a combined effort between educational systems, governments and HR in tech industries in order that these technologies are being created by diverse people and reflect unbiased data.

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Tags: Technology, gender pay gap

This Tool Will Do Your Gender Pay Reporting 2019 For You

Posted by Hazel Lush on Feb 6, 2019 4:57:42 PM

We’ve all heard the bad press, the context of the BBC Pay Gap scandal, reports of companies publishing incorrect pay gap data and increasing dramas around pay disparities. But we’re here to tell you that a glimmer of hope has emerged - Tech-start-up Gapsquare is providing international corporations and public sector bodies with instant pay gap reports that are correct, reliable and provide intuitive action plans. Using cloud-based analytical tools, Gapsquare, run by a combination of tech experts and specialists in equality issues, has saved companies thousands of hours of staff time in the last year alone, guiding international organisations such as Vodafone, London Metropolitan Police and Osborne Clarke through reporting pay inequalities and, for some, expanding this reporting to the ethnicity pay gap.

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Tags: Technology

Gapsquare 'breaks twitter' at Oracle Open World, San Francisco

Posted by Hazel Lush on Oct 26, 2018 2:14:36 PM

Oracle OpenWorld is an annual Oracle convention for business decision-makers, IT management, and line-of-business end users with Oracle. Gapsquare joined Oracle Open World in San Fransisco this year, bringing the pioneering idea that tech can and will help close the gender pay gap to some of the most innovative companies and organisations in the world. Check out Zara and Sian's trials and tribulations and learn how they 'broke twitter' ;) through this video series.

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Tags: Technology, Women in Tech, Oracle Open World

If We Can Automate a Car, We Can End Pay Inequality

Posted by Zara Nanu on Jun 15, 2018 12:30:03 PM

People will make or break a business. More diverse people will go even further and make a business innovative, challenging and perhaps even more importantly, profitable. On average, a business with diverse teams will have access to increased market share and 9% higher EBIT.

But how can we build more diverse businesses when current data shows companies have high gender and ethnicity gaps? These manifest themselves both in low proportions of diverse employees as well as high pay disparities for these groups. It does not seem businesses are making the most of powering growth with the right people. 

"217 Years, for the women you work with to be operating on a level playing field, for our daughters to be in with the same chance at success as our sons."

 

Want to learn more about the gender pay gap? Watch the Invest In Diversity Video Series below.

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Tags: Technology, Women in Tech

GAPSQUARE - announced as MIT SOLVE FINALISTS 2017

Posted by Hazel Lush on Sep 5, 2017 11:51:00 AM

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Solve Challenge Finals in New York on September 17th

We’re thrilled to announce that Gapsquare will be heading to the New York for Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Solve Challenge Finals on September 17th. We will be pitching our solution to a MIT Solve Challenge close to our hearts: 

“How can women and girls of all socioeconomic backgrounds use technology to fully participate and prosper in the economy?”

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Tags: MIT, New York, Technology

GAPSQUARE – INSIGHTS FROM THE STEM GENDER EQUALITY CONGRESS, BERLIN

Posted by Sian Webb on Jun 13, 2017 11:40:00 AM

Gapsquare’s Dr Zara Nanu joined teams of academics, industry experts, government representatives and policy makers at this year’s annual STEM Gender Equality Congress on the 8th and the 9th June where she spoke on Sharing Best Practice Between Industry and Academia. 

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Tags: women in business, diversity, legal, equality, regulations, Technology, gender pay gap, business, pay gap, uk

DOES BIAS IN TECH RUN DEEP? Gender pay gap in tech and science sectors

Posted by Hazel Lush on Apr 24, 2017 11:33:00 AM

According to Lylan Masterman, Principal at White Star Capital  bias runs deep for women in tech. Are we tackling the challenges that face women by asking them to hide their identity or does expressing it outwardly work out more beneficial for women?
“the women who are working in technology today know how to triumph over adversity. This is a group that has suffered significant bias in our society — studying computer science or engineering in college, going out into the male-dominated environment of the modern tech world and succeeding despite those biases. And then, many have gone on to start companies in the tech industry despite the well-known challenges there.”

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Tags: women, women in business, diversity, equality, regulations, Technology, gender pay gap, business, pay gap

The Digital Age – A Natural Partner TO DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY

Posted by Zara Nanu on Apr 24, 2017 11:32:00 AM

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“Technical skills have always been in demand, but Boards need to create a culture, an ecosystem, around digital and digital thinking and this means increasing their functional diversity. If organisations are not disrupting their industries through digital innovation then they will be disrupted – so Boards need to keep pace to survive.” 

These are the words of Harvey Nash,  in “Diversifying Diversity – the next Board frontier”, who also mentions that those with digital expertise, capable of getting ahead of the game on digital technology, are yet to be effectively included in boards as technology “does not have the history and framework of qualification and knowledge of, say, finance that has been bedded into Boards for centuries”. 

At Gapsquare, a tech-based data-analysis company that is working to end the gender pay gap, this is interesting for two reasons:

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Tags: women, women in business, diversity, equality, regulations, Technology, gender pay gap, business, pay gap, uk, inclusion

TECHNOLOGY: THE TIPPING POINT FOR DIVERSITY AND COMPANY SUCCESS

Posted by Zara Nanu on Mar 6, 2017 11:22:00 AM

Despite many opportunities over the past century, we have not yet made break through on diversity. Could we achieve more with the help of technology?

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Tags: diversity, equality, Technology, gender pay gap

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