A growing group of more than 1,666 Google employees is demanding Google stop selling its technology to police departments, TechCrunch has learned.
“We’re disappointed to know that Google is still selling to police forces, and advertises its connection with police forces as somehow progressive, and seeks more expansive sales rather than severing ties with police and joining the millions who want to defang and defund these institutions,” employees wrote in a letter to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.
“Why help the institutions responsible for the knee on George Floyd’s neck to be more effective organizationally? Not only that, but the same Clarkstown police force being advertised by Google as a success story has been sued multiple times for illegal surveillance of Black Lives Matter organizers.”
Google, for example, has publicized how Clarkstown Police Department uses G Suite for sharing information and digital evidence. Meanwhile, Google is also a partner and donor to the Seattle police foundation and its venture capital arm, GV, has invested in startups working on artificial intelligence technology for police.
“We’re committed to work that makes a meaningful difference to combat systemic racism, and our employees have made over 500 product suggestions in recent weeks, which we are reviewing,” a Google spokesperson told TechCrunch.
“关于这一问题，我们是第一个在几年前就决定不会出售面部识别技术的大公司，我们有非常明确的《人工智能原则》，禁止为了进行监控而使用或出售这一技术。我们对普遍可用的计算平台有长期的使用条款，包括Gmail、GSuite和Google Cloud Platform。而且这些产品将继续提供给各国政府和当局使用，也包括警方。”
In the letter, employees go on to say they want to be proud of the company they work for. They also want Google to speak to their values, the letter says.