Reinventing #tech for the next generation of #goodgirlsgonegeek:
Neelie Kroes speaks on International Women’s Day 2012 - about advances in women’s equality and ICT - and how women can use new technology as a tool to access opportunity. She also talks about some of “ICT women” who’ve inspired her this year - like Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Yemen’s Tawakkol Karman, and the UK’s Martha Lane Fox.
The rumour that Bill Gates himself, founder of Microsoft and figurehead of the world IT industry, displays the traits of Asperger’s syndrome, the high-functioning form of autism, spread like wildfire, across – appropriately – the internet.
More than a decade later Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre is now running a study investigating the previously established link between parents working in hi-tech, scientific and mathematical industries and an increased incidence of children on the autism spectrum. The National Autistic Society reports in its latest member’s magazine that the number of software packages and apps designed specifically for people with autism is rocketing. IT companies in the UK and beyond are actively recruiting an autistic workforce for its highly technical and concentration skills.
Read more: Autism: how computers can help | The Guardian.