Employees in the Amazon protest against the sale by the retailer of web hosting services to the data mining company of Peter Thiel because it works with ICE
- Amazon employees renewed protests about the business relationship with Palantir
- Palantir case management software helps ICE-HSI agents investigate crimes
- ICE agents also use it to collect information in deportation cases
- Company co-founded by Peter Thiel buys computer server space at Amazon
- About 500 Amazon employees have signed a letter in which they demand that Amazon drop Palantir
- On Thursday, protesters disrupted the keynote at the Amazon Web Services Summit
- Protesters also struck Monday at the Palantir office in New York City
Amazon employees are rebelling against the sale by their company of services to a data mining company that works with immigration and customs enforcement.
Since Monday, an internal email has been circulating at Amazon revamping calls that were first made in a letter from June 2018 demanding that Amazon drop Palantir as an Amazon Web Services customer.
& # 39; Our requirements have become even more urgent, given recent news. The US government has been responsible for detaining people, including young children, in concentration camps under horrible circumstances, & # 39; said the email. Forbes.
In total, more than 500 Amazon employees signed the letter to CEO Jeff Bezos and AWS chief Andy Jassy, according to internal email.
In total, more than 500 Amazon employees signed the letter to CEO Jeff Bezos (above) and AWS chief Andy Jassy
ICE agents appear to process imprisoned illegal immigrants in Manhattan last year. Amazon employees rely on their company to break ties with Palantir, working with ICE
Palantir has a $ 41 million contract with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the ICE Criminal Investigation Department, to develop and maintain case management software that allows agents to consolidate suspect information.
Although HSI is separate from Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), federal explanations reveal that ERO also uses the system to collect information about foreigners in deportation cases.
Palantir was co-founded by Trump ally and venture capitalist Peter Thiel. The company also contracts with many local police departments and federal agencies.
On Thursday, around 30 people noisily disturbed Amazon CTO Werner Vogels while holding a keynote speech at the AWS Summit in New York, a video of the event shows.
& # 39; Amazon, how much longer do you have blood on your hands! & # 39; cried one woman in the audience, while Vogels struggled with an announcement about a new service that summarized the statistics of containerized applications and microservices.
& # 39; Cut tires with ICE! & # 39; others in the audience sang.
Palantir was co-founded by Trump ally and venture capitalist Peter Thiel (above). The company also contracts with many local police departments and federal agencies
In total, during the keynote Vogels was interrupted about five times by protests, according to an activist present. It is unclear whether one of the activists was Amazon employees.
According to the activists, more than 500 people also organized a protest outside the conference.
On Monday, protesters also moved to Palantir's New York office.
The protesters called on the company to cancel its contract with ICE, which is a 10-year renewal in September.
Mijente, the activist organization that led Monday's protests, previously published documents describing the crucial role of Palantir software for ICE.
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