Google’s Co-Head of Ethical AI Says She Was Fired for Email

(Bloomberg) — Timnit Gebru, a co-leader of the Ethical Artificial Intelligence team at Google, said she was fired for sending an email that management deemed “inconsistent with the expectations of a Google manager.”


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The email and the firing were the culmination of about a week of wrangling over the company’s request that Gebru retract an AI ethics paper she had co-written with six others, including four Google employees, that was submitted for consideration for an industry conference next year, Gebru said in an interview Thursday. If she wouldn’t retract the paper, Google at least wanted the names of the Google employees removed.

Gebru asked Google Research vice president Megan Kacholia for an explanation and told her that without more discussion on the paper and the way it was handled she would plan to resign after a transition period. She also wanted to make sure she was clear

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Google AI ethics co-lead Timnit Gebru says she was fired over an email

Timnit Gebru, one of the best-known AI researchers today and co-lead of an AI ethics team at Google, no longer works at the company. She was featured in Google promotional material as recently as May. According to Gebru, she was fired Wednesday for sending an email to “non-management employees that is inconsistent with the expectations of a Google manager.” She said Google AI employees who report to her were emailed and told that she accepted her resignation when she did not offer her resignation. VentureBeat reached out to Gebru and Google AI chief Jeff Dean for comment. This story will be updated if we hear back.

According to Casey Newton’s Platformer, who reportedly obtained a copy, Gebru sent

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Google fires AI researcher Timnit Gebru over critical email

Google officials did not respond to requests for comment. Gebru also did not respond to requests, but in an interview Thursday with Bloomberg said Google’s actions represented “the most fundamental silencing.” Gebru said Wednesday that she had been fired by Jeff Dean, the head of Google’s AI division, for an email she had sent to Brain Women and Allies, a mailing list for researchers on the company’s AI team known as Google Brain.

Her dismissal threatens to reignite anger over Google’s treatment of its workforce, particularly its employees of color. The company, which long evangelized its open culture, has cracked down on employee dissent over the past two years, particularly against marginalized and minority workers. Google has previously fired employees who advocated for increased diversity or critiqued the company’s ethics.

Inioluwa Deborah Raji, an AI researcher on a fellowship with the Mozilla Foundation who has worked with her, said Gebru

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Timnit Gebru says Google fired her in retaliation for email

  • Timnit Gebru, a technical co-lead of Google’s ethical-artificial-intelligence team, said on Wednesday that she was fired by the tech giant.
  • She said she was terminated over an email sent to an internal company group. Gebru’s reports were told she offered her resignation, but management jumped the gun, Gebru said.
  • Gebru said she was told that aspects of the email she sent were “inconsistent with the expectations of a Google manager.”
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Timnit Gebru, a technical co-lead of Google’s ethical-artificial-intelligence team, said in a series of tweets on Wednesday that she was fired by the tech giant.

Gebru is widely respected for her work examining bias in artificial intelligence and is

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Hacker Selling Hundreds of Microsoft C-Suite Email Credentials

Illustration for article titled A Hacker Is Reportedly Selling Hundreds of Microsoft C-Suite Email Credentials for As Little as $100

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How much are a CEO’s email credentials worth? According to one hacker, anywhere between $100 and $1,500 will do, although the specific price will be set depending on the company’s size and the person’s role in it. Unfortunately, this is not a drill: There are purportedly hundreds of C-suite level email credentials being sold on a Russian-speaking underground forum, ZDNet reported on Friday.

Illustration for article titled A Hacker Is Reportedly Selling Hundreds of Microsoft C-Suite Email Credentials for As Little as $100

ZDNet found that the hacker is selling email and password combinations for Office 365 and Microsoft accounts belonging to high-level executives such as the CEO, COO, CFO, CMO and CTO, among many others. The hacker posted an ad for the credentials on, an underground forum for Russian-speaking hackers, along with login information for an executive at a UK business management consulting agency and for the president of a U.S. apparel and accessories maker as a way to prove

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Xbox Live Bug Let Hackers Access Gamertag Email Addresses

A bug in Xbox Live allowed hackers to find any email associated with a registered gamertag. The site used to report bad behavior in the Xbox online community was hiding a vulnerability that allowed hackers to snag user email addresses.

that last week an anonymous hacker reached out to them claiming to be able to find the email attached to any Xbox gamertag. Motherboard verified the hacker’s claims by sending them two gamertags, one of which was created specifically for this testing. Within seconds the hacker sent back the email addresses these tags were registered with. Normally, these email addresses are supposed to be private. Another anonymous hacker told Motherboard that the bug could be found in the . This page is where players can contact the Microsoft team that monitors Xbox’s online communities.

Despite the apparent threat to customer security, Microsoft’s original response to this security breach was not

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Microsoft ‘Productivity Score’ monitors employees email, camera usage

  • Microsoft this month launched an analytics tool for employers called “Productivity Score.”
  • The tool collects detailed data about how employees are using Microsoft’s tools, including how much they use email and whether they turn their camera on during meetings.
  • Privacy experts have voiced concerns that the Microsoft tool is a serious invasion of privacy, as employers are able to view employees’ activity individually.
  • Data privacy researcher Wolfie Christl said it “turns Microsoft 365 into an full-fledged workplace surveillance tool.”
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Microsoft has a new tool that lets companies break down how much time employees are spending on work tools like email, Microsoft Teams, and Word — and privacy experts say it amounts to “workplace surveillance.”

The tool, called Productivity Score, was first announced by the company in October and launched on November 17. It allows employers to gather granular data about how their employees

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Yahoo Mail discontinues automatic email forwarding for free users

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Verizon is removing the ability to automatically forward incoming emails from a Yahoo inbox to another email address for Yahoo Mail free users.

The feature will be removed on January 1, 2021.

Yahoo Mail users who still want to use automatic email forwarding are told to sign up for Yahoo Mail Pro, which costs $34.99 per year, or $3.49 a month.

Yahoo Mail owner Verizon announced the change at the start of the month and is now notifying users via email.

The company cited security reasons for dropping the feature.

“We regularly evaluate our products and services against current security standards and have decided to remove this feature to help ensure free Yahoo Mail accounts remain secure,” the company explained in a FAQ page published on October 31.

Automatic email forwarding is often abused. Hackers who breach email accounts often add their own email address as an automatic

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Business Email Compromise (BEC) Attacks Rise in 75% of Industries According to Abnormal Security Research

BEC Campaign Attack Volume Increases 15% in Q3 2020; Invoice and Payment Fraud Attacks Rise 155% Quarter-over-Quarter, Partially Fueled by Pandemic

Abnormal Security, a next-generation email security company, today released the Abnormal Security Quarterly BEC Report for Q3 2020. The research, which analyzes business email compromise attacks tracked by Abnormal from July-September 2020, found that BEC campaign volume increased 15% quarter-over-quarter, driven by an explosion in invoice and payment fraud.

“As the industry’s only measure of BEC attack volume by industry, our quarterly BEC research is important for CISOs to prepare and stay ahead of attackers,” said Evan Reiser, CEO of Abnormal Security. “Not only are BEC campaigns continuing to increase overall, they are rising in 75% of industries that we track. Since these attacks are targeted and sophisticated, these increases could indicate an ability for threat actors to scale that may overwhelm some businesses.”

For this research, Abnormal Security

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As Global Summits Go Virtual To Beat Pandemic, Iran’s hackers Spy Weakness In Email communications

Just because your global conference has gone virtual to beat the pandemic doesn’t mean it isn’t just as big a target for nation state hackers as physical events where everybody turns up at the door with an ID.

In fact, arguably, it might be an even bigger prospect, as Microsoft has reminded us this week with the news that it recently detected a cyber-campaign that successfully compromised attendees of this week’s high-profile world policy get together, the Think 20 (T20) Summit.

Scheduled for October 31-November 1 and notionally held in Saudi Arabia, Think 20 is the wonkish forum run in advance of the better known G20 summits, the next one of which is due to be held in Saudi capital Riyadh on November 21-22.

The same attackers, the suspected Iranian Phosphorus group (Iran not being a

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