Donglegate: Candour Through Social Media
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In 2013, controversy arose over the actions of Adria Richards, a developer-evangelist, in response to remarks she overheard being made by two male attendees at a technology conference. After she reported what she believed to be sexist remarks by posting a photo of the men and a comment on Twitter, the two men were asked to leave the conference session and one was soon fired. A firestorm ensued during which Richards' actions were subjected to scrutiny and the larger question of whether sexism hindered women's participation in the technology industry received a great deal of attention.
This case can be used in courses on gender and leadership, employment discrimination, management of social media use by employees and values-based action to engender discussions about:
- The appropriate exercise of voice, particularly in sensitive and highly charged situations.
- The ambiguity that often surrounds charges of discrimination.
- The status of women in the technology industry.
Information, Media & Telecommunications
United States, 2013
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