Viewpoint Diversity in Tech:
Reality or Myth?

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A pending lawsuit against Google, alleging bias against conservative and libertarian worldviews, has intensified growing debate about ideological diversity in the tech industry. To cut through the noise and spark a productive dialogue, Lincoln Network conducted a pilot survey of nearly 400 tech employees on how they perceive the industry’s ideological openness.

The survey results and whitepaper give tech founders, executives, board members, and diversity and inclusion officers the unique opportunity to understand the perspectives of their employees with minority viewpoints, since no other data or compilation of anecdotes exist with respect to viewpoint diversity in Silicon Valley. The paper highlights the emphasis tech companies place on the importance of diversity for business, but the data show that many have ignored viewpoint diversity and excluded employees with minority viewpoints from their inclusion efforts.

Innovation thrives when diverse perspectives are freely spoken. Silicon Valley is a catalyst for America, a place where magic happens every day. But to continue thriving, it must face a daunting reality: It’s alienating a significant talent pool.

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