Jun 20, 2018

The tech firms that haven't opposed family separation policy

Protestors in New York on June 1. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

While most of the Big Tech companies or their CEOs have spoken out against the Trump administration's family separation policy, there are some notable exceptions: Oracle, which has been close to the administration and does a tremendous amount of government business, hasn't condemned the practice.

Why it matters: Some industry leaders find themselves caught between outraged employees and customers and longstanding business relationships with government.

  • Also yet to comment are any of the big four telecom firms — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.
  • IBM, which is also close to the administration and had not previously weighed in, posted a statement Wednesday morning: "The administration should not wait for an act of Congress to end the inhumane policy of separating children from their families."
  • Others who have thus far declined requests for comment: Amazon, Qualcomm and Nvidia.

Meanwhile: A Facebook fundraiser started by Dave and Charlotte Willner has now raised more than $8.8 million to fund legal help for those being detained.

And: Github and Medium took down posts that offered details on individual ICE employees scraped from LinkedIn, saying they violated policies designed to prevent targeting or harassment of individuals. Twitter also pulled down an account that had been tweeting from the same list.

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The new labor movement

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a big impact on working people, who are increasingly banding together to put pressure on employers and raise public awareness about health and safety issues they're facing on the job.

Why it matters: After years of declining union membership, a new labor movement is rising, amplified by the power of social media and fueled by concerns that workers deemed essential during the crisis are putting their lives at risk to ensure the well-being of others.

Medicaid will be a coronavirus lifeline

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Medicaid will be a lifeline for droves of Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: Medicaid has long been the safety net that catches people during hard times, but a crisis of this magnitude will call upon the program — and strain states' budgets — like never before.

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Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index: Rich sheltered, poor shafted amid virus

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The coronavirus is spreading a dangerous strain of inequality.

  • Better-off Americans are still getting paid and are free to work from home, while the poor are either forced to risk going out to work or lose their jobs.

Driving the news: This sobering reality emerges from Week 3 of our Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

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