Women Make Up Only 24% of eBay’s Tech Workers

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Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg’s Shelby Holliday reports on diversity in the tech industry. She speaks on “In The Loop.” Activate Co-Founder and Managing Director Michael Wolf also speaks. (Source: Bloomberg)

Came out on friday.

Michael waltrip still with us from activate.

Talk about the numbers for ebay.

They beat out some of their silicon valley peers.

They did better than linkedin, yahoo!, facebook.

Ebay employs seven percent of its u.s. workforce is block, five percent is hispanic.

They are doing better than their peers but these numbers do not reflect america's diversity, nor do they represent the composition of tech company customers.

A lot of people are looking for change.

What do you think of the community of holding up a mirror to itself?

They need to reflect the diversity of its users but it is difficult because this is really about the people that work there and the people that have advanced degrees and can code and create product.

I think it will take a while for the tech companies to have a workforce that is as diverse as the rest of the country.

What about ceos who say that they would hire more minorities and women except there are not a lot of candidates out there?

We have lots of programs where people do not even need to go to college.

Code academies where people are learning how to make a difference.

Yes, we need more women and minorities, people who are prepared and tooled to grow into these businesses.

We have had all the big companies disclose.

Are we waiting for anymore?

The big one is apple.

In the past, they have rolled their eyes at the idea of releasing diversity numbers but tim cook has said that they would come out, we do not know when.

People are also interested to hear from microsoft, ibm, amazon.

The list goes on.

I want to turn to another big issue for technology companies, the issue of privacy.

This is an interesting story that came out a few days ago.

Google scanning the e-mail of a man in houston where they found child pornography in his account and alerted the police and the police since arrested him.

No one would doubt that the outcome is the right outcome, but google scanning private e-mails?

There are two issues, privacy and security.

In terms of privacy, yes, my data should not be used for other people, but you cannot really be anonymous on the web.

If you are going to do something that elicits something illegal, you have to expect companies will be able to see what you are doing and will turn you in.

If it was not google, it would have been somewhere else.

But is that the job of the tech companies?

It really is not, but they have the responsibility, if they see something like this going on, to alert the authorities.

Let's say you are not doing something illegal but you are doing something you do not want others to know about, so you can no longer use e-mail to communicate?

It is hard to imagine that anyone will be totally private.

The reality is, we leave too much data exhaust around what we are doing.

There is a lot of data around us.

For the most part, tech companies have a promise to keep our information private.

But if you are doing something illegal or there is something going on, then they have a

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