EXCLUSIVE: MEET THE FIVE GOOGLE STAFFERS WHO CIRCULATED THE PETITION TO DROP KAY COLES JAMES

The Daily Caller | 1/22/2019 | Staff
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Google staffers are in revolt, demanding the removal of Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James from an advisory board the company convened on artificial intelligence. A petition with more than 2,000 signatories from within the company was published on Medium on Monday, with the title “Googlers Against Transphobia and Hate.”

The petition’s signers, who can be fairly assumed to be mostly white, described the appointment of Coles, a black grandmother, as a “weaponization of the language of diversity.”

Petition - Company - Individuals - History - Agitation

The petition was promoted internally within the company by five individuals, some of whom have a history of leftist agitation, The Daily Caller has learned.

One of them, Meredith Whittaker, who leads Google’s Open Research Group, posted on a private Google listserv that, “I would disagree that their views are important to consider, when those views include erasing trans people, targeting immigrants, and denying climate change.”

Humanity - People - Ones - Power - Policies

“There is no debating the humanity of other people, especially ones who have had no power to fight policies advocated by entities like the Heritage Foundation,” wrote Skaf in an email on a private listserv the day James’ appointment was announced, continuing:

It is infuriating to see people on this thread give credence to despicable theories just because ‘marketplace of ideas’ or ‘more articulate people’ or whatever else. This is NOT a game. Google has enormous power, power that it frankly seems to not know what to use for. And asking entities like the Heritage Foundation for their opinions on how to use that power is misguided and will not lead an ethical use of AI. … In all cases, Google CONTINUES to show a total lack of leadership on these issues and a total capitulation to the political whims of the moment.

Joëlle - Whittaker - New - York - Times

“Extremely well said, Joëlle,” Whittaker co-signed. She was identified by the New York Times as having been “openly critical...
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