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Palantir sponsorship dropped from Grace Hopper Celebration over its work with ICE

AnitaB.org, the tech organization behind the conference, said Palantir enables human rights abuses of asylum seekers. Palantir provides and maintains software used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to screen migrants and conduct raids; the firm renewed a US$50-million contract with the agency earlier in August. AnitaB’s move follows a petition calling for the drop by a group called NoTechForICE; it had 337 signatories at the time of publication. The petitioners continue to demand that AnitaB cuts partnerships with organizations that work with ICE, including Amazon and Microsoft. Palantir has not commented on the decision. (The Logic)

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