The Woman Bulldozing Video Games’ Toughest DRM

The Woman Bulldozing Video Games’ Toughest DRM

Atari used the DRM software SecuROM—also present in hits like BioShock, Mass Effect and Spore—to protect Test Drive Unlimited 2 from pirates, but it kept presenting problems for players trying to buy the game on Steam.Empress found a cracked, or DRM-disabled, version of Test Drive Unlimited 2 thanks to the piracy group Prophet.

The Rot of Riot Games Culture Starts at the Top

The Rot of Riot Games Culture Starts at the Top

Women were generally brought on as assistants, she said in a 2018 civil complaint alleging widespread gender discrimination at the League of Legends publisher.McCracken is one of eight women named in a potential class action suit brought against Riot Games alleging widespread gender discrimination.

Ubisoft Removes a Controversial Voice in Watch Dogs: Legion

Ubisoft Removes a Controversial Voice in Watch Dogs: Legion

Upon release, some players were concerned to hear journalist Helen Lewis' voice in Watch Dogs: Legion's in-game podcasts.Following the now infamous press conference, YouTuber Coopertom recreated the whole Four Seasons Total Landscaping scene in VRChat, complete with Trump 2020 posters, and it has now become a hangout for virtual-reality furries.

Covid Kills More Men Than Women. Experts Still Can’t Explain Why

Covid Kills More Men Than Women. Experts Still Can’t Explain Why

“We were all struggling with the circumstances of living under Covid and wondering how we would continue to work together,” says Sarah Richardson, a professor of the history of science at Harvard University and the lab’s director.

The Disturbing Case of the Disappearing Sci-Fi Story

The Disturbing Case of the Disappearing Sci-Fi Story

At the beginning of this year, the science fiction and fantasy magazine Clarkesworld published a short story called “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter” by Isabel Fall.

Climate Change Is Brutal for Everyone, But Worse for Women

Climate Change Is Brutal for Everyone, But Worse for Women

“We've been looking for more technical solutions, whether in terms of better varieties of seeds or breeds of cattle, but we're not really looking at the way social institutions are affecting people's abilities to adapt,” says University of East Anglia gender analyst Nitya Rao, lead author on the study.

Researchers Want Guardrails to Help Prevent Bias in AI

Researchers Want Guardrails to Help Prevent Bias in AI

“We need to make sure that it's easy to use a machine learning algorithm responsibly, to avoid unsafe or unfair behavior,” says Philip Thomas, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who also worked on the project.

The Glorious Victories of Trans Athletes Are Shaking Up Sports

The Glorious Victories of Trans Athletes Are Shaking Up Sports

The International Olympic Committee has more granular rules: Transgender women can compete in the women’s category as long as their blood testosterone levels have been maintained below 10 nano moles per liter for a minimum of 12 months.

Netflix's ‘Unnatural Selection’ Trailer Makes Crispr Personal

Netflix's ‘Unnatural Selection’ Trailer Makes Crispr Personal

But the show’s co-creators, Joe Egender and Leeor Kaufman, say DIY Crispr is just one subplot in the larger narrative about what happens when nature can be minutely controlled, when humans might even preside over their own evolution .

For Young Female Coders, Internship Interviews Can Be Toxic

For Young Female Coders, Internship Interviews Can Be Toxic

In interviews with WIRED, four Girls Who Code alumnae pursuing undergraduate degrees in computer science and one recent graduate described positive internship experiences including supportive work environments and mentorship from tech company executives, but also faced persistent messages that they did not belong and were not as suited to coding as men.

Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture

Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture

He writes about science and miscellaneous geekery for WIRED.Importantly, the people being tested, upwards of 2,000 of them, were all native speakers of Swedish, an old language that has learned a new trick.

Are Facebook Ads Discriminatory? It’s Complicated

Are Facebook Ads Discriminatory? It’s Complicated

The Facebook optimization team could come up with a best guess as to the gender, race, and ethnicity of every user, and make sure that the delivery of ads within certain categories like housing and employment are unbiased.

Caster Semenya and the Twisted Politics of Testosterone

Caster Semenya and the Twisted Politics of Testosterone

Joanna Harper, a trans woman and biophysicist who testified on IAAF’s behalf in the Semenya case, argues that testosterone levels are the most important metric for deciding sex because sports divisions are ultimately split between male and female, and a distinction needs to be made somehow.

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

The success of these investments will be enhanced by considering gender-responsive activities and actions when designing and implementing forest landscape projects and programs.

The Best-Worst Marketing Ideas for International Women’s Day

The Best-Worst Marketing Ideas for International Women’s Day

Yes, there was.) Several reporters received pitches from publicists about women fighting “ neglected tropical diseases ”; PepsiCo Foundation’s quest to bring gender equality to farming in developing countries; and the documentary Brave Girl Rising , which is about female refugees, features Beyoncé’s music, and is narrated by Thor: Ragnarok and Sorry to Bother You actress Tessa Thompson.

The gender gap in the disaster risk management sector: why it matters

The gender gap in the disaster risk management sector: why it matters

In partnership with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Bank Group has been bolstering its efforts to ensure that disaster risk management activities reach, protect and empower women and girls.

Are Men at Google Paid Less Than Women? Not Really

Are Men at Google Paid Less Than Women? Not Really

On Monday, Google published a blog post with selected findings from its 2018 analysis, highlighting that proposed changes for 2019 would have paid male engineers less than female engineers in one lower-level job category, referred to internally as Level 4 engineers.

TV's Second Chance for Trans Representation—the Right Way

TV's Second Chance for Trans Representation—the Right Way

Today, trans actors play trans characters in all manner of programming, from Laverne Cox on Orange Is the New Black to the majority of the cast of Pose , but as Max transitioned on The L Word his appearance—basically Sea with a fake beard pasted on—became almost comical, making it hard to take him seriously as a character, and as a man.

Here's a Way to Fight Climate Change: Empower Women

Here's a Way to Fight Climate Change: Empower Women

She argues that if women were treated more equally professionally, they’d have fewer kids and the land they farm would be more efficient, all of which would help save the planet.“Women are the primary farmers of the world,” Wilkinson says.

Melinda Gates' New Research Reveals Alarming Diversity Numbers

Melinda Gates' New Research Reveals Alarming Diversity Numbers

This group will coordinate to direct their giving collectively, with the twin goals of creating a set of guidelines that will revamp the computer science major to appeal more to women of color and while building dedicated communities that will support these women within the industry, among other things.Gates has long contended that collecting data is critical to addressing the social challenges she has spent the second part of her career tackling as a philanthropist; companies may say they care deeply about problems, but until the research exists to show them exactly what the problem looks like, how it’s changing, and what measures have been shown to be effective in addressing it, not much changes.