Mar 08, 2022

On 8th March 2022 we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), facing prejudice head on in our efforts to #BreakTheBias.

For decades, women have been dedicating their lives to creating an equal world. A world that is diverse and inclusive. A world free of bias, stereotype and discrimination. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

We now live in a world where AI governs access to information, opportunity and freedom. However, AI systems can perpetuate racism, sexism, ableism, and other harmful forms of discrimination, therefore, presenting significant threats to our society - from healthcare, to economic opportunity, to our criminal justice system.

One of the most compelling and interesting talks I have seen in recent time was by Dr. Joy Buolamwini from the Algorithmic Justice League.  A similar version can be seen at her TED talk.

Bias, whether conscious or unconscious, is an issue that needs to be tackled head on, and a single blog post isn't going to change the world.  But every step helps to raise awareness.  Just stop and think.  Technology and IT in general is traditionally seen as a very male dominated profession, and there is no reason why it should

So let's take this day for what it is, a celebration and thanks to all the inspirational women in the world.  

Phil Snowdon

Phil is the Technical Operations Manager at vBridge. Loves all things infrastructure. Network/Security/Storage/Compute and Virtualization.