Politics open thread, September 15-21

Our weekly politics open thread starts now.

A topic suggestion from WCE:

For the politics page: left vs. right on global warming

Empiricism and Dogma: Why Left and Right Can’t Agree on Climate Change


Politics open thread, May 5-11

Let’s talk politics.

From WCE:

For the politics page, on what companies and workers should do about the questionable use of technology by various governments.

“We can forgive your politics and focus on your technical contributions as long as you don’t do something unforgivable, like speaking to the press.”

This was the parting advice given to me during my exit interview from Google after spending a month internally arguing, resignation letter in hand, for the company to clarify its ethical red lines around Project Dragonfly, the effort to modify Search to meet the censorship and surveillance demands of the Chinese Communist Party.

When a prototype circulated internally of a system that would ostensibly allow the Chinese government to surveil Chinese users’ queries by their phone numbers, Google executives argued that it was within existing norms. Governments, after all, make law enforcement demands of the company all the time. Where, they asked their employees, was the demonstrable harm?