More than 1,650 google employees have already signed a petition in which workers demand that the company suspend all cooperation with U.S. law enforcement with immediate effect. In a letter to the company's CEO, Sundar Pichai, the signatories pointed out, among other things, that the fight against racism should not be pursued solely through words, but that the institutional system that supported it should be dismantled.
in addition, they are calling on company management to end the framework agreement with the Clarkstown Police Department for the GSuite service package and indirect support for the Arizona sheriff’s office. It was no accident that Clarkstown was targeted by protesters, as local police allegedly used illegal methods to monitor members of the local Black Lives Matter movement in 2015, while the Arizona office did the same to civilians crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Workers, meanwhile, accused Google and its parent company, Alphabet, of a two-faced policy of repeatedly engaging in PR campaigns in the United States over a series of protests and riots that had flared up for more than five weeks. help the community. Thus, among other things, a $ 175 million fund was launched to support black business leaders and job seekers, and YouTube created a $ 100 million fund to support black artists. According to the petitioners, it is incompatible with this for Google to do any business with organizations criminalizing blacks in the meantime.
Google has not yet stood as firmly opposed to cooperating with U.S. law enforcement as other U.S. technology giants, such as the law providing adequate safeguards. like IBM or just Amazon. The two companies have announced in recent weeks that they will stop supplying their facial recognition technology to the police – Amazon has imposed a one-year moratorium on this activity, while IBM has virtually thrown the entire business.
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