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[THREAD] Why Everyone Needs to Know About Data Ethics
#30DaysofThreads R1D2

There are so many examples of bad data an ML being used against us.

I'm going to outline some problems we should all be aware of! Buckle up #BlackTechTwitter
Did you know thousands of judges around the country use an algorithm to asses how risky it is for incarcerated people to be released? This algorithm consistently rates black people (with similar priors as whites) as a higher risk of getting rearrested.โ€ฆ
Combined w/ predictive policing, we are creating new biased crime data. The problem with ML is that predictions are only as good as the data you give it. If we look at historical arrests (& understand the context that police have historically targeted low income neighborhoods)
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[Thread] Picking your first programming language: what to consider and why it doesnโ€™t really matter. [ #30DaysOfThreads ]
So here you are, bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to start on an entirely new journey. Youโ€™ve been following some hashtags like #100DaysOfCode & #TechTwitter for some time. Heck, even a few of your favorite accounts talk about it.
You decide youโ€™ll start week...because well you donโ€™t actually know where to start at all.

Have no fear. The Internet princess is here to help! Truth is, learning a programming language is completely and 100% up to you.
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Today I was going through old files on my phone and I saw a textbook โ€œLearning React Nativeโ€. I was using this book then but I wasnโ€™t just getting it, I had to switch to watching YouTube videos.(apparently I prefer things being shown to me). 1/2
... Opening the book today brought back memories, how I was finding it difficult to grab things. I kept on scrolling through the book with a smile on my face, and I realized how far I have come.

To tech newbies. Just trust the process, and keep practicing, consistency is the key and whenever you feel like a concept is not sticking, take a break, revisit later.

It gets better. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

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A few weeks back, I posted a thread on how "pipeline problem" is not a real thing. We interview for access, rather than ability.๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿฟ

Sharing access to interview prep is one short-term solution. But fundamentally changing how we do technical interviews is better!

ByteBoard is set to do just that.

I am lucky to sit on their advisory board, along with the brilliant Maggie Johnson, VP Google Education and University Programs.

The GM of ByteBoard is the mighty @justsargs ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ, who leads this work to deconstruct and rebuild interviewing.
Read the testimonials, and get in touch with ByteBoard here:
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How to become a better developer ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป

๐Ÿ”… Stop trying to prove yourself always
๐Ÿ”… Focus on learning and improving.
๐Ÿ”… Have a Growth Mindset
๐Ÿ”… Your company matters
๐Ÿ”… Challenge yourself!
๐Ÿ”… Build stuff
๐Ÿ”… Version control everything

Feel free to add yours. ๐Ÿ‘
Learning is not an easy trade, you need to challenge yourself, pick up tasks you donโ€™t know and work on getting them done. โ†ฉ
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Thanks to Regina Wallace-Jones, Vice Mayor of East Palo Alto, for mentoring teams of 1st time young robot builders at the @VEXRobotics competition! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ

Their robot "Big Chungus" did its thing! And this Alliance with a team of girls from Sunnyvale was key.

#BlackTechTwitter An alliance between an EPA team and a Palo Alto team.
I'm proud of them for not taking their robotics coach's advice of sticking with the same driver all day.

Yes one driver gives better results in the competition as they improve. Driving is challenging. It's also fun! They wanted *everyone* to have the *opportunity* to drive! ๐Ÿค—
To the team, I told my friend Michael Hill about your:
* Willingness to do something completely new
* Demonstrated teamwork and inclusion

Michael is a Robotics Product Manager at Google X and co-founder of Diaspora, X's black employee resource group.โ€ฆ
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Story time!

A valid question from a Google engineer lead to this video.

At all night hackathons, folk get tired. Because that's how humans work.

When I've judged hackathons at Claremont, they run around the building at 2am. At Howard, it's the 2am turn up.

The valid question was:

Mekka, you say talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. You say there's brilliance at HBCUs. But in my years doing it, no HBCU grad has passed my interview. Ever. But Stanford kids do. ๐Ÿค” Why do you think that is?

And yes, this is a valid question.
I asked the Google SWE:

๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฟ: Did you know that there is literally a class in Stanford's CS curriculum, that is basically "How to pass Google's Interview?"

๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผ: Wait... what?! Really?

๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฟ: Yep! They spend the semester practicing. Here's the course details:
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Your heroes are not my heroes. None of the top NFL draft picks can see me in the weight room.

Choose your heroes carefully. The NFL blacklists Kaepernick for saying "Black Lives Matter," but welcomes Nick Bosa with open arms...

At least in boxing, a fighter can one day become a promoter (Golden Boy Productions, Money Mayweather Promotions). There are no black majority owners in the NFL. By design.

It's a rodeo, and you're not the cowboy. You're the steer. Your suffering is our entertainment.
Your kids will see who you idolize, and internalize some of that.

Why not celebrate some of the black entrepreneurs? Some of them are sporty too.

Serena Williams

Shawntae Spencer

Marshawn Lynch

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Meet three Lambda School students today: help any of them get hired and Iโ€™ll send you $1,000 (or you can donate it to a charity of your choice).

1. Kaitlyn Flynn -

Kaitlyn is looking near Seattle. She wrote her first line of code 18 months ago and decided to leave her corporate marketing career. Kaitlyn has built projects within JavaScript, React, Node, and Java.
2. Harrison Brock - and blogs about Java all over.

Heโ€™s looking for remote. Heโ€™s a strong backend engineer experienced with Go, C++, Java/Spring and NodeJS.
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I hope that folks find my social media timelines marked by trying to give encouragement and helpful information. I'm sharing public speaking tips in today's thread:
Have you ever wondered how to time your talks? Most folks talk 100-125 words per min. If you transcribe your talk ahead of time, a 3000 word talk ends up being around 30 min or so depending on intro, questions, etc. Each min of mp3 audio corresponds to about 1mb of file size.
You need to do a few things if you want to become an effective public speaker:
1) Write things down. Sometimes you hear a quote or thought that may be useful later. Jot it down. (I've used @evernote for years). When something inspires you or makes you think - capture it.
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A short but necessary thread on how to Maximize your LinkedIn profile for success and visibility. LinkedIn works best when you realize that its a tool that most Recruiters, Talent Acquisition and HR Personnel use to find and recruit new potential employees. #BlackTechTwitter /1
You might not be aware but Recruiters have a different view on LinkedIn, this is by design to allow them to parse, narrow and target specific people based on the information provided. For recruiters it starts at this screen. Where they start the search off. /2
Our searches usually begin with Profile Job title, Location and a few different skills. The first opportunity you have to improve your profile's visibility and show up on a Recruiter's search is to put the Job title you have/want in your Headline caption. /3
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Fun fact:
The 5 yr median earnings for a silicon valley software engineer at a major tech company, is MORE than the 5 yr median NFL player earnings. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

NFL players don't get guaranteed money, and athletes often get hurt and cut, or their performance drops. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Check out the disclaimer on this comparison chart (only count rookies that made the opening day roster). ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ

NFL teams start preseason with 90 players, and cut to 53 by the 1st game. You can play games, score touchdowns... get cut. They don't count you.โ€ฆ
That nonsense accounting inflates the NFL player earning numbers.

Some (most?) NFL careers are just _really_ short. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ NFL could stand for "Not For Long."

Knowing this, should we encourage kids to go to Georgia Tech for:
a) Computer Science, or
b) To play Outside Linebacker?
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Would appreciate anyone and everyone to join this call and raise their voices to make sure any and all communities are truly inclusive and are properly held accountable when they're not.

#GDIStrike #WomenInSTEM #BlackTechTwitter
For context here is a link to a detailed timeline of events that lead to this town hall
For clarification, this is what accountability looks like to me
The leaders (individuals) & the community can clearly state their mistakes. This allows leaders, and the community as a whole, to take time to self reflect on what happene and how did we, as a community get here
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I learned of @girldevelopit through my coding bootcamp and immediately wanted to be a part of a community that cared about the marginalized. quickly found out when I assumed a leadership role as chapter leader this wasnโ€™t the case. #BlackTechTwitter [1/?]
Stepping down was something I needed to do because I am a black woman first. With @LaniceSims and @shanisebarona sharing their stories, Iโ€™m glad that others are stepping up in support to say that HQโ€™s actions are no longer acceptable. #BlackTechTwitter [2/?]
@girldevelopit This is not something that will go away with a strategically worded letter vetted by your lawyers. Our voices matter. If you cared about your ENTIRE community as you claim, and not just yourselves, change would have happened long ago. #BlackTechTwitter [3/4]
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