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
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
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sat four seats away from Donald Trump
in December after accepting the president-elect’s invitation to a
Now, less than two months later, Bezos has
publicly declared his support for a lawsuit filed against Trump and his
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
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
A lawsuit filed on Monday by a former Googler going by “John Doe” paints an interesting picture of the tech giant’s internal work culture. The complaint itself, fit with some colorful commentary — “Sunlight remains the best disinfectant. Google must let the sun shine in” — is damning, if true.
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!