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Amid a backdrop of employee activism, Google has released its annual diversity report. The report shows small improvements in both overall numbers as well as in attrition among certain underrepresented groups.

This is the second year that Google has included the attrition figures as part of its annual diversity report.


  • Google saw a significant improvement in retention of African-American and Latinx women, though overall African-American and Latinx attrition is higher than among other ethnic groups. Native American employees are also seeing high attrition and little to no progress in overall numbers.
  • Representation of women globally increased by 0.7 percentage points year over year.
  • In the U.S., African-American representation increased by 0.3 percentage points, Latinx by 0.4 percentage points and Asian representation was up 1.7 percentage points.

Yes, but: Google's report comes in the midst of growing complaints from employees over issues ranging from contract worker policies to the company's involvement with military projects and approach to AI ethics. Google also recently faced criticism over its refusal to remove an app that LGBT activists say amounts to conversion therapy (though it eventually did).

The big picture: Tech companies have boosted their efforts to diversify their workforces, but advocates have emphasized that the true measure of those efforts is whether employees from underrepresented groups stay after they've been hired.

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Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing" and the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus for the achievement, per Bloomberg.

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