Google employee who wrote sexist manifesto identified

August 4, 2017
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Google has been rocked by one employee's anti-diversity manifesto.

We now reportedly know the identity of the Google software engineer who authored the anti-diversity “manifesto” that went viral inside of the company.

Motherboard, which first reported the existence of the document Saturday, just published a version of the memo that contains the author’s name, as well as all of the citations he linked to as part of his “research.”

The author, identified as James Damore at the top of the manifesto apparently “continued to discuss the themes contained within the document on internal discussion boards at the company through at least Sunday,” according to Motherboard. The author had been previously identified on some online discussion forums prior to Motherboard‘s report.

We’ve reached out to Damore for comment and will update if we hear back.

Other than identifying the author, the latest version of the memo also reveals the manifesto’s sources, which varied from mainstream news publications like the Wall Street Journal to smaller outfits like Quillette, and even Wikipedia.

The memo has been widely criticized by Google employees and others in the tech industry. Google’s response to the incident, which so far has consisted of two internal statements — one from diversity chief Danielle Brown who said “it’s not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages” and one from engineering VP Ari Balogh who said the memo was “harmful” — hasn’t done much to help the company’s image either.

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