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Does Employee Activism Spell Doom for Big Tech Innovation?

As governments consider laws for modern tech companies, a discussion on the ethical role of an employee and company in the public space is welcome.

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Last year, a Google employee became unhappy with the company's business decision to advance Project Nimbus - a $1.2 billion contract between Google, Amazon, and the Israeli government and military. Ariel Koren, a Jewish 28-year-old marketing manager, felt that the deal violates Palestinians’ human rights.

Koren was not involved in any way, shape, or form with the complex transaction or the project. We doubt she was even technically qualified to judge the project's merits. She marketed educational products to Latin America and was based in Mexico City before voluntarily moving to the Bay Area during Covid. Google had a generous Work From Home policy at the time, so it did not oppose Koren's move to California.

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