The tech elites are revolting
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.