Google named Kay Coles James to their advisory board on Artificial Intelligence much to the dismay of over 1,000 of their employees. The outcry over her appointment is due to the negative views she has expressed towards immigrants and the LGBT community. She is the president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and a current member of NASA’s advisory council.
Google, as a company, claims to be inclusive and supportive of equality, but recent decisions, like this appointment, have shaken their employee’s faith in the upper management. Coupled with the refusal by Google to remove apps that espoused conversion therapy until the Human Rights Campaign took action, it does lead many to see a conflict between what Google says and what they’re doing.