Jared White
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We are Google employees. Google must drop Dragonfly.

We are Google employees and we join Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel project Dragonfly, Google’s effort to create a censored search engine for the Chinese market that enables state surveillance.

We are among thousands of employees who have raised our voices for months. International human rights organizations and investigative reporters have also sounded the alarm, emphasizing serious human rights concerns and repeatedly calling on Google to cancel the project. So far, our leadership’s response has been unsatisfactory.

The magnitude of this statement cannot be overstated. I’ll have a lot to say about this on my podcast later this week, but at the moment, this is the biggest story in tech. I highly recommend you read through it. It’s short and it’s powerful. Well done Googlers. #privacy #politics #openweb

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Democrats’ blue wave was much larger than early takes suggested

Like in any election, Democrats both won some squeakers and lost some squeakers. They overperformed expectations in some races and underperformed them in others. And in 2018, it happens to be the case that Democrats got some of their most disappointing results in East Coast states with early closing times, while the GOP’s biggest disappointments came disproportionately in late-counting states.

Consequently, what felt to many like a disappointment as of 11 pm Eastern time on election night now looks more and more like a triumph.

I think reasonable people on all sides of the political spectrum can agree on one thing: political news coverage—especially on television—is heavily skewed towards sensationalism and knee-jerk reactions instead of deep analysis and factual reporting. Whether or not you believe in a “blue wave” last week, it’s clear that the rhetoric on both sides during the early election results failed to provide any meaningful coverage of what was really going on among the electorate. It’s looking like it’ll take weeks, if not months, to gain a clear picture of what this election means for U.S. politics going forward. #politics




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