Petition Protests Naming of Rice to Dropbox Board

Petition Protests Naming of Rice to Dropbox Board
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An online petition demanding that file sharing and cloud storage service Dropbox remove former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from its board has begun circulating online. Rice was appointed Wednesday. 

The petition calls Rice’s appointment “deeply disturbing” and states that while the Stanford professor is “an extremely brilliant and accomplished individual,” her appointment to the board is untenable because of her involvement in the Iraq War and Bush-era interrogation programs, along with her support for warrantless wiretaps, among other reasons.

No specific group or person has claimed leadership of the Drop Dropbox campaign, and the owner of the petition's website has remained anonymous. 

“Choosing Condoleezza Rice for Dropbox's Board is problematic on a number of deeper levels, and invites serious concerns about Drew Houston and the senior leadership at Dropbox's commitment to freedom, openness, and ethics,” states the petition. “When a company quite literally has access to all of your data, ethics become more than a fun thought experiment.” 

Dropbox’s CEO Drew Houston explained the hire in a blog post earlier this week in which he described Rice as “a leader who could help us expand our global footprint.” 

“Dr. Rice has had an illustrious career as Provost of Stanford University, board member of companies like Hewlett Packard and Charles Schwab, and former United States Secretary of State,” he added.

So far, the fledgling business has indicated no interest in removing Rice from its board, and it is unclear exactly how many people have supported the petition.

The new boycott comes about one week after Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was forced to resign over his past opposition to gay marriage, which spurred a debate among gay-rights activists over how to best advance their cause.

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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