STEM Students Refuse to Work at Google and Amazon Over Project Nimbus | EUROtoday

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More than 1,100 self-identified STEM college students and younger staff from greater than 120 universities have signed a pledge to not take jobs or internships at Google or Amazon till the businesses finish their involvement in Project Nimbus, a $1.2 billion contract offering cloud computing companies and infrastructure to the Israeli authorities.

The pledgers included undergraduate and graduate college students from Stanford, UC Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, and San Francisco State University. Some college students from these colleges additionally participated in an anti–Project Nimbus rally on Wednesday exterior Google’s San Francisco workplace with tech staff and activists.

Amazon and Google are prime employers for graduates from prime STEM colleges, based on information from profession service College Transitions, which was compiled utilizing publicly accessible information from LinkedIn. According to the info, as of 2024, 485 UC Berkeley graduates and 216 Stanford graduates work at Google.

The pledge, which marks the newest backlash in opposition to Google and Amazon, was organized by No Tech for Apartheid (NOTA), a coalition of tech staff and activists from Muslim grassroots motion MPower Change and advocacy group Jewish Voice for Peace. Since 2021, NOTA has advocated for Google and Amazon to boycott and divest from Project Nimbus and some other work for the Israeli authorities.

“Palestinians are already harmed by Israeli surveillance and violence,” the pledge reads. “By expanding public cloud computing capacity and providing their state of the art technology to the Israeli occupation’s government and military, Amazon and Google are helping to make Israeli apartheid more efficient, more violent, and even deadlier for Palestinians.”

Sam, who requested to be recognized solely by his first title for concern {of professional} repercussions, says that he signed the letter as a 2023 graduate of Cornell University’s grasp’s program for pc science and up to date member of the tech workforce.

He tells WIRED that he was moved to behave after watching mates from graduate faculty who “think one way privately,” however then “went on to take careers in these Big Tech firms.”

“I know a lot of people who—not to say they have a price, but when somebody looks at a starting salary, it’ll test your principles a little bit,” Sam stated.

Naomi Hardy-Njie, a communications main and pc science minor on the University of San Francisco, stated she heard in regards to the letter whereas collaborating on the faculty’s three-week encampment demanding disclosure and divestment from corporations funding the battle in Gaza.

Hardy-Njie stated that she signed the letter as a result of Google and Amazon executives have been reticent to handle protesters’ calls for. But change, she stated, “has to start from the bottom up.”

NOTA has organized a number of actions focusing on Project Nimbus over the previous a number of months. Eddie Hatfield, a NOTA organizer, was fired from Google in March after he interrupted the Google Israel managing director at a Google-sponsored tech convention in New York. More than 50 Google staff had been later fired following a sit-in protest in opposition to Project Nimbus in Google’s New York and Sunnyvale workplaces, which was additionally organized by NOTA.

Google has claimed that Project Nimbus is “not directed” at categorised or navy work, however numerous doc leaks have tied the contract to work for Israel’s navy. Google and Amazon didn’t instantly reply to WIRED’s request for remark.