The transgender flag.

As trans* Googlers and their allies, we feel that silence is an inappropriate response to the recent events at Netflix and subsequent walkouts. In this letter, the opinions we express are entirely our own and do not represent our employer in any way.

We would like to express our support…

A graphic with the words “The Future Must Be Ethical: #MakeAIEthical”

Google has chosen to dismantle its AI ethics work, making it clear that the company will only tolerate research that supports its bottom line. This is a matter of urgent public concern.

We stand in solidarity with Dr. Margaret Mitchell, a world-leading AI researcher who until recently led the most…

We’re setting the record straight on Dr. Timnit Gebru’s firing.

Timnit wearing a red patterned scarf and a grey sweater, speaking on stage.
AI ethics researcher Timnit Gebru. (Kimberly White/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

Did Dr. Gebru resign?

Dr. Gebru did not resign, despite what Jeff Dean (Senior Vice President and head of Google Research), has publicly stated. Dr. Gebru has stated this plainly, and others have meticulously documented it. Dr.Gebru detailed conditions she hoped could be met. Those conditions were for 1) transparency…

Dr. Timnit Gebru, wearing a black turtle neck and looking off to the side.

We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with Dr. Timnit Gebru, who was terminated from her position as Staff Research Scientist and Co-Lead of Ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI) team at Google, following unprecedented research censorship. …

Three of the fired Google organizers standing against a colorful backdrop.
Three of the four fired Google organizers.

We come from different offices. We have different roles, managers, and life stories. What brought us all together is that we’ve stepped up to help organize our colleagues, to work together for a better, safer, fairer, and more ethical workplace.

Google explicitly encourages us to pursue exactly these goals. The…

The rally on 11/22 in defense of workers placed on leave. Those workers and two others were later fired.

Four of our colleagues took a stand and organized for a better workplace. This is explicitly condoned in Google’s Code of Conduct, which ends: “​​​​​​​And remember… don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right — speak up.”

When they did, Google retaliated against them. Today…

A teal background with the words “Social Media for Social Movements: Lessons Learned from #GoogleWalkout” in white.

#GoogleWalkout went viral, trending around the world and still being covered by international media one year later. On the day of the walkout, we reached 3.2 million impressions just on @GoogleWalkout’s tweets alone.

In the year since, workplace organizing in tech has seen incredible growth. We’ve been so inspired by additional actions at other companies, and often get asked for a list of best practices in this space.

With that in mind, here are the social media guidelines that have helped make #GoogleWalkout…

Logos: #GoogleWalkout, anti-Project Maven, Real Change Not Retaliation, #StandAgainstTransphobia, #NoPrideInYT, #NoGCPforCBP
Logos representing eight of the last major campaigns run by Google employees pushing back on unethical decisionmaking at the company.

A year ago today, at 11:10am local time, more than 20,000 Google workers walked out around the world, starting in Tokyo and Singapore and moving West. We were protesting misogyny, racism, unethical decision making, and systemic inequity.

Since then, a movement has grown, at Google and across tech.

While worker…

In April, two of the organizers of the Google Walkout, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, came forward with the stories of the retaliation they’ve faced as a result of speaking out at the company. Claire left Google in Juneyesterday was Meredith’s last day.

Here’s the note she shared internally:

July…

In April, two of the organizers of the Google Walkout, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, came forward with the stories of the retaliation they’ve faced as a result of speaking out at the company. Claire left Google this week. Here’s the note she shared internally to mark her last day:

Google Walkout For Real Change

#GoogleWalkout 11/1 11:10am to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and a workplace that doesn’t work for everyone. Views ≠ Google.

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