‘We’re not going home until Big Tech’s factory floor is clean’

Last week, 200 workers in Google’s parent company announced the establishment of the Alphabet Workers Union, after years of informal protests at the tech giant. It’s part of a global trend towards unionisation

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent @aarrogan
10th January, 2021
‘We’re not going home until Big Tech’s factory floor is clean’
Meredith Whittaker, at the Google walkout in 2018, left the company, saying “Google isn’t a place where I can continue this work.” Pic: Bebeto Matthews/AP

In June 2018, Laura Nolan quit her role as a software engineer in Google’s Dublin office, after learning that her work was contributing to a Pentagon drone warfare project.

Nolan was one of a dozen engineers across the technology giant’s global workforce who resigned after learning that their work was being used in Project Maven.

The project was part of a United States Department of Defense pilot to develop technology to improve...

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