His most resonant reason, however, was that Google employees could no longer be trusted to keep matters confidential. Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke with WIRED’s Steven Levy as part of WIRED25, WIRED’s 25th anniversary celebration in San Francisco. Making phones and tablets everywhere more *DELI*cious. She goes on to seriously discuss the options available to Google employees who wish to leave the country. (01:01:15) A Google employee states: “speaking to white men, there’s an opportunity for you right now to understand your privilege” and urges employees to “go through the bias-busting training, read about privilege, read about the real history of oppression in our country.” He urges employees to “discuss the issues you are passionate about during Thanksgiving dinner and don’t back down and laugh it off when you hear the voice of oppression speak through metaphors.” Every executive on stage – the CEO, CFO, two VPs and the two Co-founders – applaud the employee. Page and Brin stopped attending regularly in 2019. Now, with giant corporations worrying more about market dominance and regulators than about feel-good missions, that kumbaya sensibility is gone. WIRED25: Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Doing Business in China, Working with the Military, and More. He cited “a coordinated effort to share our conversations outside of the company after every TGIF ... it has affected our ability to use TGIF as a forum for candid conversations on important topics.” He also noted that while many want to hear about product launches and business strategies, some attend to “hear answers on other topics.” It seems obvious he was referring to recent moments when aggrieved employees registered objections to Google’s policies and missteps—on developing a search engine for China, bestowing millions of dollars to executives charged with sexual misconduct, or hiring a former Homeland Security apparatchik. Some employees had expressed concern that new internal software was designed to monitor them and hinder their ability to gather in large groups. The video is a full recording of Google’s first all-hands meeting following the 2016 election (these weekly meetings are known inside the company as “TGIF” or “Thank God It’s Friday” meetings). Walker also mentioned recent leaks to the press, and again emphasized Google’s policy on classifying documents as “need to know”, such as if an employee required the information for work purposes. (00:23:12) Naughton does acknowledge “diversity of opinion and political persuasion” and notes that she has heard from conservative Google employees who say they “haven’t felt entirely comfortable revealing who [they] are.” and urged “tolerance.” (Several months later, the company would fire James Damore allegedly for disagreeing with progressive narratives. ClipsPoliticsTechGoogleKent WalkerLarry PageRuth PoratSergey BrinSundar Pichai. “It’s not working in its current form,” Pichai said of what was once the hallmark of Google culture.

But very little else changed. “It sort of sneaks up sometimes, really bad things” says Brin. He noted a “coordinated effort to share our conversations outside of the company after every TGIF.”. "I know this is new information to many of you, and it has affected our ability to use TGIF as a forum for candid conversations on important topics. The most comprehensive image search on the web. Then there would be news and announcements, followed by a presentation or demo by one or more groups.


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