Life with a Digital Father: An Interesting View of Employee Protests at Google

December 14, 2018

I noted “The ‘father of the internet’ says that Google employee backlash to its defense work was just ‘a lot of misunderstanding’.” Someone told me that I should locate this article.

I did.

Here’s the paragraph I circled in very bright yellow:

There is a lot of misunderstanding about the positive benefits of working with [and] in the public sector, the military being a part of that.

The speaker is Vint Cerf, the chief evangelist for Google.

The “that” is a contract with the Department of Defense.

The misunderstanding is or was in the minds of Googlers.

The “positive benefit” may be selling more work to the US government, that is, the military with an interest in smart drones to do the find, fix, and finish business.

After watching most of Google’s testimony before a committee of US elected officials, I do not understand how any Google level person could misunderstand what Google’s senior management says.

Crystal. Clear.

Stephen E Arnold, December 14, 2018


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