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Amazon is among 3 tech giants yet to condemn Trump’s proposed Muslim registry

  • A new video campaign is targeting three major Silicon Valley giants – Amazon, Booz Allen Hamilton and Oracle — for their  silence on Trump’s infamous “Muslim registry” proposal.
  • “Tech companies have to choose a side,” Credo senior campaign manager Heidi Hess said in a statement. “Will they stand against Trump’s hate or provide the technology and data to enable it?”
  • Credo Action, a progressive activist network, produced “Tech Companies Have a Choice” as a targeted outreach effort to employees of three tech companies and to pressure its employers to issue statements.
  • “We’re counting on Oracle, Amazon and Booz Allen Hamilton to do what’s right and make it clear that they will play no role in Trump’s chilling Muslim registry proposal,” Hess said. Read more

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97 major tech companies file amicus brief against Trump’s travel ban

  • Think of a major technology company. There’s a decent chance that whichever one you thought of was among the 97 firms filing an amicus brief on Sunday — against Trump’s travel ban.
  • The brief, which has since been widely shared online, argues that the 90-day ban is illegal and that it will discourage foreign workers from seeking employment in the U.S.
  • “The Order represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years,” the brief reads, and “inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth.”
  • Companies listed on the suit include Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft, among others. Read more

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Tech companies are taking litigious action against Donald Trump’s immigration ban

  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sat four seats away from Donald Trump in December after accepting the president-elect’s invitation to a technology roundtable.
  • Now, less than two months later, Bezos has publicly declared his support for a lawsuit filed against Trump and his administration.
  • The lawsuit, filed Monday, says that Trump’s executive order banning the entry of visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States will hurt both Washington state’s economy as well as its businesses.
  • Microsoft and Expedia, also based in Washington, are supporting the lawsuit as well.
  • But there’s more: Github, Google, Airbnb and Netflix are among a slew of other companies planning to meet on Tuesday to discuss filing an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit against the immigration executive order, CNBC reports.
  • Why only take action against Trump now? The bottom line. Read more

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The silence of post-election Silicon Valley is deafening

On July 14, 2016, nearly 150 tech leaders signed an open letter denouncing Donald Trump, calling him “a disaster for innovation.” This month, leaders from some of the companies included in this letter might take a seat at Trump’s table — a controversial move for those who publicly slammed his candidacy just months ago. Read more

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I’m glad that you like computers and robots, and hope that you will continue to learn about technology. … I think if you keep working hard and following your dreams, you can accomplish everything you set your mind to — from working at Google to swimming in the Olympics. I look forward to receiving your job application when you are finished with school!