When the issue of “fake news” came to prominence at the end of this year’s election cycle, traditional media outlets were the firsts to engage in relentless finger-pointing. Journalists everywhere deplored the spread of misleading, lazily reported and, in some cases, totally fabricated stories that had been facilitated by social media.
In February 2016, the media ran amok over with a study which looked at gender bias on Github, a website where developers can submit code to collaborate on open source projects. Once a code contributed is submitted, it has to be vetted by various members of the community before being approved. The aim of the study was therefore to compare acceptance rates of contributions from men versus women. – READ MORE