Google said Thursday that it has an inclusive and diverse group of more than 2,000 employees to ensure the search giant’s products are racially, age or otherwise biased. It should be noted that the group is not an integrated team, but is dispersed and embedded in different teams. Its main task is to provide feedback and advice on the product during the development process.
Google’s CES 2020 announced the news (via:Cnet)
Earlier this week, the company also announced new features for Google Assistant Smart Assistant, which includes new calls to smart homes and let synob synobs read out loud.
“We often ask ourselves if the product is suitable for all groups,” Annie Jean-Baptiste, head of product inclusion, wrote in a blog post. What does it mean for people living around the world? And is it suitable for all-age users? “
The announcement comes as Google and others in the technology industry are doing more to address social problems and broader responsibilities. Google employees, for example, protested the contract with the U.S. Department of Defense and called for better treatment of contractor employees.
Critics have previously accused Google of a lack of inclusion and diversity in its products, spreading people across projects rather than forming a formal team, or leading to a lack of accountability.
Last week, Ross LaJeunese, A former head of international relations at Google, said he was ousted by the search as he sought to implement a formal human rights plan.
But Jean-Baptiste argues that the commitment to product inclusion should not be limited to one team, but should be prioritized for embedding within the company.