are protesting software company Palantir’s contracts with
the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency
at Burning Man
an advocacy group for Latinx and Chicanx organizing,
brought a giant cage on wheels to the festival in
Black Rock Desert, Nevada, with the intent
to bring the contract to the attention of tech
workers in attendance.
conducting an action at Burning Man to start a
conversation with these tech workers, in hopes of building
the bridge between families being torn apart by ICE, and
the tech companies that code the software to help ICE,”
said a spokesperson for the group.
ICE to provide its Investigative Case Management (ICM)
software to the agency. The technology helps ICEaccess
subject’s information in areas like family relationships,
employment information, phone records, immigration history,
personal connections, biometric traits and home and work
addresses among other categories,according
to the Intercept.
the Peter Thiel-founded data analysis firm has become
integral in ICE’s work.
also hopes to bring attention to Amazon’s involvement with
the contracts. Amazon doesn’t directly contract with the
agency but does provide service to Palantir enabling its
work with ICE.
own employees have been critical of its enabling Palantir
to help ICE.
a June letterobtained
by The Hill,
which over one hundred employees signed, employees called
on Amazon stop providing services to companies who work
with much of the world we watched in horror recently as
U.S. authorities tore children away from their parents,”
they wrote. “In the face of this immoral U.S. policy, and
the U.S.’s increasingly inhumane treatment of refugees and
immigrants beyond this specific policy, we are deeply
concerned that Amazon is implicated, providing
infrastructure and services that enable ICE and DHS.”
Man has become a popular event for tech workers as well as
industry CEO’s over the years. Past attendees
include Facebook CEOMark
Zuckerberg, Google founders Sergey Brin and
Larry Page and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.