This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Keeping smart home products safe for all; Merkel finds sexism in Israeli tech community; girls have limited access to mobile phones worldwide; and more.
Interested in joining Women in Comms on our mission to champion change, empower women and redress the gender imbalance in the comms industry? Visit are working to make sure that the industry is more diverse, especially since smart home features are only going to get more pervasive. Smart tech can be our friend or our foe, so let’s get representatives of our community in there to make sure it doesn’t turn against us. (See WiCipedia: Are Fembots a Boon or Bane for WiT?, WiCipedia: AI for Social Good & a Fitbit Fail for Women and Tech Leaders: Diversity Critical to Product Dev.)A global study of 3,000 girls’ access to mobile phones, sponsored by the Vodafone Foundation and Girl Effect, was an eye-opener this week. The “Real lives, real girls, connected” study assessed access and usage of mobile phones by girls in 25 countries, and found that “boys are one and a half times more likely to own a phone than girls.” While 99% of girls in the US own a mobile phone, that number plummets to just 15% in many impoverished countries. The study also stresses that without access to resources, phone ownership is not permanent for many girls, as phones can break or be taken away by family members. Girls also may not have the tech literacy needed to learn how to use smartphones, especially with limited access to a device. Check out the full study here. (See WiCipedia: Int’l Day of the Girl & Sephora Shows the Ropes.)Most of us are hyperaware that as technology evolves, our career options do too. Forbes published an article last week on how to advance your career as everything around you is rapidly changing, and we took heed. As technology innovation makes certain job categories obsolete, Forbes said our focus should turn to those Tweetables that we keep hearing over and over, yet should pay attention to nonetheless: keep learning new things and invest in your skillset. After all, the article concludes, “A reputation along with being a life-long learner will go a long way to landing you the next opportunity, regardless of technological disruption.” (See DevOps Institute CEO: We’re At ‘Tech’s Tipping Point’.)
� Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, Light Reading
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