Nov 2, 2018 - Technology

The tech elites are revolting

Illustration of fists holding computer arrows.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Elite U.S. tech workers, some awakened to political organizing by the election of President Trump, are increasingly giving their own CEOs a painful wakeup call via internal dissents on company business decisions and policies.

Between the lines: It's a "Revolt of the Haves," with highly-paid workers seeking to leverage their employers in ways that lower-skilled workforces cannot, AP's Mae Anderson and Matt O'Brien report.

Microsoft and Amazon workers have dissented on facial recognition projects used by U.S. law enforcement and immigration services.

  • Google staffers have protested the company's censored search engine for China and its projects with the U.S. military.
  • Just this week, hundreds of Google employees walked out in protest of the company's handling of sexual harassment.
  • "Walkout co-organizer Meredith Whittaker... said in an interview that workers’ demands for better treatment at the company are intertwined with their larger concerns about a 'general abuse of power' that includes how Google’s business ventures affect society."

The bottom line: The midterms are Tuesday, but these political earthquakes look like they're just getting started.

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