2017 has been a year with no small share of controversy across many different industries and sectors.
The tech world in particular has been no stranger to scandal, finding itself at the epicenter of a series of major headlines drawing the public eye (and ire).
5. Female engineer unveils sexist culture at Uber
4. Google engineer sends sexist memo
In August, Google engineer James Damore released an internal “anti-diversity” memo citing misguided Google efforts to create inclusive work environments for women. Google’s VP of Diversity, Integrity, & Governance was swift to issue a statement, and Damore was fired shortly thereafter.
3. Uber admits to 2016 data breach and hacker bribing
Uber again came under fire for an October 2016 data breach that included the personal data of 50M users and 7M driver accounts. CSO Joe Sullivan and his top aide were forced out of the company for hiding the breach and paying the hackers $100,000 in hush money.
2. Equifax announces data breach
In September, Equifax said that 143M people’s personal data had been exposed in a massive security breach that took place earlier in the summer. Further speculation that this could have been a state-sponsored hack didn’t help ease anybody’s mind.
1. Facebook, Twitter and Google testify about Russian meddling in the 2016 election
In October, lawyers from three of the biggest names in the Internet stood before Congress, where they were grilled on the specific capabilities of their platforms, as well as how these were used to influence the 2016 US presidential election.