Google employees demand that the company not bid for a cloud computing contract with US customs and border protection at the latest protest action in the technology industry.
A petition was circulating within Google and today on medium, a group of employees said immigration officials "commit a system of abuse and malicious neglect" at the border. The workers point to the Trump government's policy for the separation of families and the recent deaths of children in immigration detention. "These violations are illegal under international human rights law and immoral to all standards," the petition says. After his release, it was quickly signed by dozens of employees at the company.
Employees indicate a request for bids a CBP cloud computing contract, a service that Google offers. "The winning cloud provider will streamline CBP's infrastructure and facilitate its human rights violations," the petition continues, and employees demand that Google undertake not to provide financing or work to immigration agencies.
"The history is clear: the time to say NO is now," says the petition. "We refuse to be accessory."
The protest is the latest in a series of actions both within Google and within the industry as a whole, as employees wonder how their work contributions will be used. Many Google employees protested vigorously against a plan to work with the US government on an AI system to analyze images of drones, known as Project Maven. Despite protests, the company's plan was finally suspended.