What you need to know
- Google's head of Ethical AI has been locked out of her corporate account.
- The company is currently investigating her for sharing thousands of files with external sources.
- These events continue Google's internal struggle with its team over how it handled the departure of former AI researcher, Timnit Gebru.
Margaret Mitchell, Google's head of Ethical AI, is currently under investigation by the company, and has been locked out of her account. This follows Google's recent drama surrounding Timnit Gebru, who used to co-head the team with Mitchell and was dismissed by the company due to disagreements over a research paper. Gebru recently called out Google on locking Mitchell out of her account, commenting on the company's practices:
She's not fired **yet**. But apparently they've told her she will be locked out for at least a few days. https://t.co/H1ibkgNQHMShe's not fired **yet**. But apparently they've told her she will be locked out for at least a few days. https://t.co/H1ibkgNQHM— Timnit Gebru (@timnitGebru) January 20, 2021January 20, 2021
In its defense, Google stated that it's not deliberately targeting Mitchell, but instead, she was automatically locked due to its systems detecting certain security risks:
According to Axios, Mitchell was searching through her files for examples of discriminatory treatment towards Gebru in order to assist in her dispute with the company. She used an automated script to help her scour the documents.
Apparently, the treatment of Gebru is just one of many examples that lead to the recent formation of Google's first worker's union.
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