On the registration page for Facebook's F8 developer conference, two new questions popped up this year, seeking demographic information from attendees:

Those may seem like irrelevant things to ask programmers seeking to learn how to make their mobile apps play nice with Facebook's technology. But the questions follow a year of disclosures from Silicon Valley companies about the makeup of their workforce -- which, it turns out, is overwhelmingly white and male. Facebook won't disclose what the ratio at its conference was like last year, but the Menlo Park, California-based company says the data will help them improve it. "We’re asking them because we want to better understand the demographics of people attending F8," Facebook said in a statement.

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