Vital: Google employees call for removal of rightwing thinktank leader from AI council

Staffers criticized the appointment of Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James in a letter published on Monday


A group of Google employees have called for the removal of a rightwing thinktank leader from the company’s new artificial intelligence council, citing her anti-LGBT and anti-immigrant record.

Employees published a letter on Monday criticizing the appointment of Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation, to Google’s newly formed advisory council for “the responsible development of AI”.

James has a history of fighting trans rights and LGBT protections, and has advocated for Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

“In selecting James, Google is making clear that its version of ‘ethics’ values proximity to power over the wellbeing of trans people, other LGBTQ people and immigrants,” the employees wrote in the letter, which was published online and shared internally at the company.

“Such a position directly contravenes Google’s stated values.”

The letter was posted on Medium and said it came from more than 50 Google employees, who remained anonymous. The letter was also signed by more than 30 prominent academics and activists, including Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, Meredith Whittaker, cofounder of the AI Now Institute at NYU, and the author Naomi Klein (noted anti-Zionist).

read more at UK Guardian


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