Timnit Gebru

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A prominent shareholder in Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has called on the search giant to introduce better protections for whistleblower employees. 

Trillium Asset Management, which reportedly owns around $140 million worth of Alphabet stock, filed a shareholder resolution calling on the company to better workers that speak out against their managers. 

The resolution, first reported by The Verge, calls on Alphabet’s board of directors to consider a third-party review of its current measures.

“For years, Alphabet has faced controversies about retaliating against workers,” it read, adding that ex-Googlers have reported hostility from the company when raising concerns about “systemic workplace racism and sexism, and projects enabling censorship, surveillance, and war.” 

It added: “These red flags suggest the potential for culture, ethics, and/or human rights problems internally.”

Google has faced months of internal wrangling within its ethical AI team, and accusations that leadership has failed to root our sexism and racism in the workplace. 

Are you a current or former Googler with more to share? You can contact this reporter securely using the encrypted messaging app Signal (+447801985586) or email (mcoulter@businessinsider.com). Reach out using a non-work device.

In December, lead AI ethicist Timnit Gebru said she was fired …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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