The Silicon Valley-based Lincoln Network, a coalition of center-right technology professionals, just released this groundbreaking white paper offering recommendations to remedy Big Tech's intellectual diversity problem. This is a follow-up to their pilot survey compiling findings from 400 tech professionals who overwhelmingly agreed Silicon Valley tilts too far to the Left.
Instead of endorsing regulations to foster more viewpoint diversity, Lincoln Network settled on recommendations. Here are the recommendations from "Viewpoint Diversity In Tech: Reality Or Myth?" they offered:
- Include viewpoint diversity questions in company-led employee surveys and release the findings publicly during self-reporting of other diversity data.
- Encourage the development of employee resource groups through which employees can share and discuss diverse political and religious viewpoints.
- If diversity training is offered or required at any level, ensure viewpoint diversity is adequately covered in the curriculum. Include examples of bias on the basis of ideology and religion.
- Create best practices on viewpoint diversity and make them publicly available to any small tech startup or company in any industry.
- Create accountability metrics for senior executives and diversity and inclusion officers to measure progress in improving viewpoint diversity.
- Ensure that speakers with diverse ideological viewpoints are welcomed by the company and at industry conferences.
- Invest resources to experiment with how existing products and technical teams can help scale innovative approaches to increasing empathy and tolerance in the workplace, such as Deliberative Democracy and Heterodox Academy.
- Create six-month or one-year deployments for non-technical and technical managers to live in non-tech hubs around the country to engage with employees that have a wide range of ideological and religious views.
- Increase budget allocations for user research for product development in non-tech hubs and non-coastal cities.
- Convene public events in tech hubs and other cities across the country that provide forums for civil, fact-based discussions about important issues leading into the 2018 and 2020 election cycles.
Given the apparent biases at Big Tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, it'll be worthwhile for technology professionals to read and take up these very sound recommendations Lincoln Network authored.