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Silicon Valley Is Using Trade Secrets to Hide Its Race Problem

Feb. 13, 2019, 12:29 PM

Diversity and inclusion. Words repeated so often they’re virtually mantra in corporate America. Hardly a day goes by without some CEO extolling the virtues of a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

But when it comes to showing their progress for the world to see, some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley are turning to a novel legal defense: asserting they’re trade secrets.

More and more, firms including Oracle and Palantir Technologies argue that detailed, government-mandated figures on the number of women and people of color they employ must remain confidential. Making them public, they say, would be tantamount to ...