Amazon Workers to Jeff Bezos: Stop Weaponizing Our Tech

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Amazon Workers to Jeff Bezos: Stop Weaponizing Our Tech

By Lindsey Wasson/Reuters.

When thousands of Google employees signed a petition demanding that Google terminate its contract with the Department of Defense’s Project Maven, they seemed to ignite a long-smoldering spark in Silicon Valley. Employee revolt at major tech companies has only intensified following the Trump administration’s nightmarish implementation of its “zero-tolerance” policy, which has seen thousands of immigrant children stripped from their parents at the U.S. border. This week, a group of more than 100 Microsoft employees posted an open letter protesting Microsoft’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “It upsets me that the company I work for is collaborating with those human-rights abusers,” one Microsoft worker told me, calling the partnership “disgusting, although not really surprising.”

Now, it appears the wave has arrived at Jeff Bezos’s door: Gizmodo reports that Amazon employees are demanding that the company halt the sale of Rekognition, its facial-recognition technology, to law-enforcement agencies. “Along with much of the world we watched in horror recently as U.S. authorities tore children away from their parents,” reads an internal letter to Bezos, per Gizmodo. “In the face of this immoral U.S. policy, and the U.S.’s increasingly inhumane treatment of refugees and immigrants beyond this specific policy, we are deeply concerned that Amazon is implicated, providing infrastructure and services that enable ICE and D.H.S.”

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