In 2018, when staff at Google, Microsoft and Amazon discovered their companies were engaged in programs to aid U.S. government agencies with surveillance, they published open letters, staged walkouts and protests, and formally organized into activist groups.
As data collection and A.I. technology becomes more available, Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (otherwise known as ICE) and the Pentagon will rely more heavily on Silicon Valley tech giants for support. This isn’t sitting well with workers.
In 2019, Google fired five employees who were engaged in labor organizing.
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