Timnit Gebru is known worldwide as one of the leading minds in tackling the racism and gender bias that plagues AI. She is also a Black woman in an industry that too often proves unsafe for racialized people. Her research has shifted policy on AI internationally and she was co-lead on the Ethical AI programme – until Google fired her.
Google is one of the largest companies the world has ever known. It has immense power. Using that power to silence Gebru reflects the fragility of Google’s stated commitment to AI ethics.
We stand in solidarity with Gebru and all Black people working in tech. Along with the Google Walkout organisers, our organisations call on Google to strengthen its commitment to integrity, anti-racism, and adherence to the company’s own AI Principles in its research.