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Dr. Margaret Mitchell, Founder of Google Ethical AI Team, Terminated After Reporting Equity Issues of Race and Gender and Opposing the Firing of Co-Lead of Ethical AI Research Team Dr. Timnit Gebru

February 22, 2020 – Dr. Margaret Mitchell, founder and co-lead of Google’s Ethical AI research team with Dr. Timnit Gebru, has provided additional information regarding events leading up to her termination, which was announced late Friday afternoon. Dr. Mitchell has confirmed that, before and after Google’s termination of Dr. Gebru, she was vocally raising concerns of race and gender equity at Google, including publicly opposing the mistreatment and firing of her co-lead.  Regarding her own termination from Google, Dr. Mitchell explained: “I tried to use my position to raise concerns about race and gender inequity, and to protest Google’s deeply problematic firing of Dr. Timnit Gebru.  To now be fired has been devastating.  It’s my hope that speaking out will lead to one … [Read More...]

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