It turns out the Ethical AI team was the last to know about a massive reorganization, which was prompted by our advocacy. This was not communicated with us at all, despite promises that it would be.…
Nothing about what we asked for has been addressed here.

* Samy Bengio is no longer in our reporting chain.
* An apology has not been offered to Timnit by Jeff Dean or Megan Kacholia.
* Our input for such an organization was solicited, but then decided upon behind closed doors.
This is nothing short of a betrayal.

We were told to trust the process, trust in decision-makers like Marian Croak to look out for our best interests. But these decisions were made behind our backs.
Research leadership has talked a big game about accountability. But there is zero accountability for anything that's happened for the past three months. Research leadership doesn't know the meaning of the word, as far as I'm concerned.
Meg Mitchell is still suspended from her corporate account. The last email that the Ethical AI team got from research leadership was over two weeks ago.

We're in the lurch and left out to dry. This should tell you a lot about what Google thinks about ethics research.

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