According to The Hill, company employees sent a letter to the company’s CEO, Jeff Bezos , stating that they refuse to “contribute tools that violate human rights.”
” As Amazonians ethically concerned, we demand choice in what we build and word on how it is used, ” says the letter, which does not indicate the number of signatories.
Two specific softwares are cited by employees: Amazon Web Services Recognition, which has already been criticized for its potential to create a mass-based surveillance system; and Palantir, a data management system that rolls out of the AWS cloud and is being used by the United States Immigration Service (ICE) for deportation programs. The letter also mentions ICE’s separation of parents and children at the US border as a motive for protest.
” Technology like ours is playing an increasingly critical role in many sectors of society. What is clear to us is that our development and sales practices have not yet recognized the obligation that comes with it. shareholders is a race to the bottom and one we will not participate in, “the statement said.
This is not the first time this year that employees of a technology giant have criticized the sale of software to security agencies.
In May, a number of Google employees resigned after the company closed a contract with the Pentagon to provide artificial intelligence technology for military drones.