“The people who create technology must represent the communities that use it.”
In today’s episode, Michael discusses software development and diversity in technology with Dan Draper. Dan is an entrepreneur, software developer and diversity champion, the CEO and founder of CipherStash, and the producer of the documentary “Debugging Diversity” where he uncovers issues facing women in technology.
Programming data security is tricky and is ultimately the responsibility of the software developer. On the flip side, it’s hard to do anything in today’s world without sharing personal data so the trick is how can we safely share AND secure personal identifiable information (PII)? The reality is we don't do this very well. On average, we share our personal information with 1200 plus different companies, and at least in the US, 50% of all companies have experienced a data breach where PII is exposed.
And then there’s the problem of diversity in the tech industry. Everyone talks a big game, but only a small percentage of software engineers and tech industry leaders are women. Dan is taking an active role in trying to change this phenomenon.
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