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‘Disrespectful’: Google Employees Melt Down Over The Word ‘Family’ | The Daily Caller

Posted by M. C. on January 18, 2019

https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/16/google-family-triggered-meltdown/

Peter Hasson

  • Google employees melted down after the word “family” was used in a company presentation, documents obtained by TheDCNF show. 
  • Employees were upset that the word was used in a way that links families with children, which they argued was homophobic. 
  • A Google vice president acknowledged that the word “family” had sparked “concerns” about inclusivity.

A Google executive sparked a fierce backlash from employees by using the word “family” in a weekly, company-wide presentation, according to internal documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Many Google employees became angry that the term was used while discussing a product aimed at children, because it implied that families have children, the documents show. The backlash grew large enough that a Google vice president addressed the controversy and solicited feedback on how the company could become more inclusive.

TheDCNF received the documents from a source who insisted upon anonymity in order to share them. (RELATED: Google Employees Debated Burying Conservative Media In Search)

One employee stormed out of the March 2017 presentation after a presenter “continued to show (awesome) Unicorn product features which continually use the word ‘family’ as a synonym for ‘household with children,’” he explained in an internal thread. That employee posted an extended rant, which was well-received by his colleagues, on why linking families to children is “offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong.”

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Google Employees Rebel Against Project Dragonfly – The Organic Prepper

Posted by M. C. on December 13, 2018

Firefox, Brave, Vivaldi, DuckDuckGo, Startpage – The choice is yours.

https://www.theorganicprepper.com/dragonfly-google-search-engine/

By Meadow Clark

More than 1,400 Google staff, many journalists, and human rights organizations are calling on Google to halt its controversial project called Dragonfly.

What is Project Dragonfly?

Dragonfly is a search engine specially built for China. It would unleash more censorship on a mass scale by selectively blocking certain search terms, apparently at the behest of China’s government. Human rights groups are blasting the company for aiding and abetting China’s mass surveillance and rights violations which could result in potential imprisonment.

It turns out Google’s employees had been unwittingly working on this project for a while until 2017 without knowing its intended purpose. News of this highly secret program finally leaked and no one is letting it get swept under the rug.

Thankfully, since the news leaked out, no amount of time has caused advocates and free speech lovers to forget this scandal. Those in the know are using the hashtag #DropDragonfly.

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Sundar Pichai seems to be keen on protecting Google users privacy. So why does he want to give user data to Chinese authorities to help them arrest or imprison people?

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How would the Dragonfly search engine in China Work?

The search engine would censure terms like “human rights” and “religion.” Hundreds of Google employees have called this out as obvious freedom of speech violations.

BBC reported in August:

The search app would “blacklist sensitive queries”, The Intercept says, identifying and filtering websites currently blocked by China’s so-called Great Firewall.

According to documents it had seen, a search via the app would result in a list with banned websites removed and a disclaimer saying that “some results may have been removed due to statutory requirements”.

It said the BBC News website and Wikipedia would be among those blocked.

Employees of Google are horrified.

“We are Google employees and we join Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel project Dragonfly…”

Common Dreams reported that an open letter was drawn up…

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‘Not in the business of war’: Google employees urge company to abandon Pentagon AI project — RT US News

Posted by M. C. on April 6, 2018

Good point. What about preventive policing and NSA projects?

Are Google employees for preventive policing and NSA, taking it a step at a time or don’t care?

Maybe without privacy and liberty crushing projects such as  preventive policing and NSA projects their isn’t much else for them to do.

https://www.rt.com/usa/423290-google-pentagon-ai-drones/

Thousands of Google employees have signed an open letter urging the tech giant not to work on a US government surveillance engine which could use artificial intelligence to improve the targeting of drone strikes.

“We believe that Google should not be in the business of war. Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled and that Google draft, publicize, and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology,” reads the letter which was published by the New York Times on Tuesday.

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