Biases in the Tech Eco-System
The ever-widening digital divide plagues those who face barriers within some or all facets of technology, whether it is access, quality, cost, learning, social bias, or other causes all of which have created an uneven playing field for individuals, groups or entire countries.
Both conscious and unconscious bias creates an eco-system of inequity and under-representation of specific populations within the tech space in general, and the cyber security space specifically. Starting with early education through career experiences, a host of inequities create a deep-seated under-representation within workforces based on such aspects as race, culture, socio-economics, residency, and a host of others.
This can be noted fully with the existence of a closed-off pipeline into tech careers for some that starts at an early age and culminates with the mass under-representation of diverse populations in the workforce.
Children face immediate bias in school systems, as people of color and girls are often perceived as less capable STEM areas. In addition, children face challenges of socio-economics, including complete lack of broadband or inefficient internet services, inaccessible hardware and software, and little to no educational support in online safety, e-learning skills, and career explorations, all areas that are critical to being included in tech careers and the digital world overall.
This sets a course of barriers throughout educational placements, from elementary school through college and certification/adult learning stages. And, of course, this results in a lack of diversity within career placements in the tech space. In addition, discrimination and unconscious biases continue to block even the most prepared under-represented populations into tech careers and career advancements.
One In Tech works to address this eco-system of issues through both children and adult programs. Our youth programs include the basics of cyber safety and skill-building through career exploration and preparation. Our adult programs provide support, resources, mentoring, skill-building, and a host of other services. This also includes work within the corporte sector to educate and build systems to break down biases.
We recognize that a full comprehensive strategy is required, so we collaborate with others to address the gaps that exist which are resulting in inequity and under-representation. While One In Tech works heavily within the cyber security space, our approach is applicable to the technical world at large, as the great need to build diversity and equity exists throughout all in education and the eventual workforce.
- Education Levels and Access
With programs designed to serve under-resourced populations including youth, women, minorities, an other populations facing under-representation, One In Tech approach is to address specific groups based locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally with programs providing:
- Career Pathways
- Cyber Safety