Who are the whistleblowers who make GAFAM tremble?

It’s a veritable avalanche. In recent years, several whistleblowers have denounced the practices of certain Tech giants. Thus, Frances Haugen has made public a large number of internal documents which highlight numerous scandals at Facebook.

For their part, Timnit Gebru and Rebecca Rivers challenged their company, Google, about questions related to ethics and the potential biases of artificial intelligence. Finally, Janneke Parrish has publicly expressed concern about a discriminatory work culture at Apple.

Women remain underrepresented at tech giants

Francine Berman, computer scientist and Jennifer Lundquist, professor of sociology, rightly wondered why women were much more likely than men to denounce the practices of technology companies.

In their article on The Conversation, they specify from the outset that their analysis is not completely conclusive and we cannot therefore be completely affirmative on the subject. They nevertheless offer some stimulating ideas that we wanted to share with you.

The authors note first of all that this notion of women whistleblowers corresponds to a dominant narrative within our societies. The latter are indeed considered to be more altruistic and concerned about the general interest than men.

Moreover, the UN considers that the global empowerment of women is a determining factor in the reduction of corruption and equality on a global scale. Therefore, and faced with ethical problems within companies, women would therefore be more likely to intervene.

The researchers complete their analysis with another important piece of data to take into account. They note that women are still very largely under-represented within Google, Meta, Apple, Amazon, or even Microsoft, with approximately 25% of employees and only 30% of management positions.

But precisely, by being less well integrated into these organizations, they would also have a less important feeling of belonging and inclusion. Therefore, they would feel less subject to silence when they face a reprehensible act within their company and more willingly to take action.



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