parts of the post include knowledge that only a Googler
head of Memegen is an "ally" to the diversity
every manager talking points on what to tell their
reports about the memo
spying probably made his devices unusably slow,
preventing him from organizing support within the
spying probably made his devices unusably
slow, preventing him from organizing support
within the company
can't verify its authenticity, but the OP is
correct that I was one of about 100 employees that
knew about Dragonfly. I also did report several
legal issues in Search that they probably haven't
fixed. Other parts of the post include knowledge
that only a Googler would know.
from personal knowledge of Google contractors/employees.
This is absurd.
spying probably made his devices unusably slow, preventing him
from organizing support within the company.
the internal apps updated at the same time, which
had never happened before. I had to re-sign in to
my Google account on both devices and my Google
Drive – where the document was – stopped working.”
management on Android is gated by literal app permissions
like an app can request access to your call log or some shit,
enterprise apps request admin permissions
are 3: DEVICE_ADMINISTRATOR, PROFILE_OWNER, and DEVICE_OWNER
makes it look like you've just got another account on the
phone. It lets the app enforce things like a strong unlock
code and allows for factory resetting the device
is weird from a normal Android perspective. It makes a new
"profile" (under the hood, a new Android *user*) where it
keeps work stuff separate.
idea here is that the management app controls the entire
profile, so it can do things that cannot be done to the
example, it works with the Play Store app to ensure that only
certain apps can be installed. This is nice for enterprises
because it can, for example, prevents bad apps from scraping
contacts and calendar.
"profile wipe", it's really just a factory reset command (like
what we can give in the DEVICE_ADMINISTRATOR) mode, but it
behaves differently. The platform interprets a factory reset
command from the work profile as "make this profile go away
right now" and so it does the thing.
is incredibly noticeable. You get a notification, there's a a
notable lack of briefcase-badged apps suddenly.
an implementation detail of work profile, you also get one
Google Play Services instance running per profile, which may
slow you down if your phone sucks.
the Nexus 5X we gave to the whole company a few years back.
is weird and probably not worth mentioning, but it gives
admins significant control over a device. The caveat is that
it can only be entered from the setup wizard and the only way
to get out is by factory resetting.
enables lots of features customers might not want, which is
why it comes with some scary fucking warnings and is a pain in
the ass to get into.
of all, we knew about the memo a month before it went viral
wasn't anything we could do, except admit to wrongdoing and
lying to our employees. We just hoped that no one else would
see his document.
executives to write to their employees condemning the memo;
our internal Memegen to bias the ratings towards anti-Damore
posts (the head of Memegen is an "ally" to the diversity
every manager talking points on what to tell their reports
about the memo
such wipes are common and Damore almost certainly got a
factory reset which isn't anything fancy.
also described “weird things” happening to his work
phone and laptop after the memo went viral. “All the
internal apps updated at the same time,
had never happened before.
I had to re-sign in to my Google account on both devices
and my Google Drive – where the document was – stopped
memo is dated July 2017 and was
originally shared on an internal
mailing list. It was later
updated with a preface affirming the
author's opposition to workplace
sexism and stereotyping. On August
5, a version of the memo (omitting
sources and graphs) was published by
Gizmodo. The memo's publication
resulted in controversy across social
media, and in public criticism of the
memo and its author from some Google
employees. According to
Wired, Google's internal forums showed
some support for Damore, who said he
received private thanks from employees
who were afraid to come
was fired remotely by Google on August
7, 2017. The same day, prior to
being fired, Damore filed a complaint
with the National Labor Relations
Board (case no.
32-CA-203891). The complaint is
marked as "8(a)(1) Coercive Statements
(Threats, Promises of Benefits,
etc.)".[clarification needed] A
subsequent statement from Google
asserted that its executives were
unaware of the complaint when they
fired Damore; it is illegal to fire an
employee in retaliation of an NLRB
complaint. Following his firing,
Damore announced he would pursue legal
action against Google.
signed back in
to his work
mind the science
needed to make an example of Damore. Looking for some
excuse to fire him, we spied on his phone and computer.
We didn't find anything, although our spying probably
made his devices unusably slow, preventing him from
organizing support within the company.
was a top performer and knew too many compromising
secrets, like Dragonfly, the secret censored search
project in China
response after we fired him was equally disgraceful. We
were supposed to have a Town Hall TGIF to answer
employees' questions about the controversy. However,
after questions started coming in that we couldn't
reasonably answer, we had to cancel it. We shifted the
blame onto "alt-right trolls" and have avoided talking
about it openly since then.
control the narrative, we planted stories with
journalists and flexed Google's muscles where necessary.
In exchange for insider access and preferential
treatment, all we ask for is their loyalty. For online
media, Google's ads pay their paycheck and our search
brings their customers, so our influence shouldn't be
dealt with his NLRB case in a similar way. People are
ultimately lazy, so we found a sympathetic lawyer in the
NLRB and wrote the internal NLRB memo for her. No one
wanted to spend the effort to oppose it, despite it
being laughably weak. Then, after Damore dropped his
NLRB case and filed a class action lawsuit, we had the
NLRB publicly release their memo. Our PR firms sent
press releases saying "the NLRB ruled the firing legal",
which was, of course, manufactured bullshit.
of our scheming was over the phone, in deleted
emails, or through an external PR firm, so we can
deny all of it. Now that we've forced him into
arbitration, we're close to screwing him over
"science" has been examined all over, and
much of it has been rebutted quite strongly.
are ultimately lazy