Julian Assange has offered the Google employee who was fired for writing an anti-diversity memo a job at Wikileaks.
Assange, who is currently in the Ecuadorian embassy, tweeted multiple times in support of James Damore, the engineer who wrote the memo which went viral.
He said: “Censorship is for losers. @WikiLeaks is offering a job to fired Google engineer James Damore.
“Women & men deserve respect. That includes not firing them for politely expressing ideas but rather arguing back.”
He had previously tweeted: “Identity politics 2.0 wars come to Google. Oh no. But mass spying is fine since its equal opportunity predation.”
— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) August 8, 2017
The engineer who wrote the memo was fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes”, he said in an email to Reuters on Monday.
Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told employees in a note on Monday that portions of the anti-diversity memo “violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace,” according to a copy of the note seen by Reuters.
Mr Damore’s memo attacked the idea that gender diversity should be a goal.
“The distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and … these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership,” Damore wrote in the internal company memo last week.
Google’s vice president of diversity, Danielle Brown, sent a memo in response to the furore over the weekend, saying the engineer’s essay “advanced incorrect assumptions about gender”.
The 10-page document was initially posted on the company’s internal forum.
Critics reacted angrily to its argument that the lack of women in tech companies was down to genetic factors, saying it was evidence of Silicon Valley’s hostility to women and minorities. Via Telegraph
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