Dropbox appoints Condoleezza Rice as a board member, stirs controversy

Dropbox announced changes in its management which also included the appointment of former Secretary of State of the United States, Condoleezza Rice, to its board of directors, that was criticized by users from the United States as well as around the world.

The cloud storage company appointed Sujay Baswa as its CFO and the ex-CEO of Motorola, Dennis Woodside as its COO in the recent management shakeup. However, the appointment of Dr. Condoleezza Rice to the board of directors did not go over well with Dropbox users due to her role in setting up policies against Iraq and support for American intelligence agencies.

A website called Drop-Dropbox was set up by protestors to explain their opposition of Condoleezza Rice as a board member of the popular cloud storage company and the post about the website generated nearly 1000 comments on Hacker News. Additionally, Twitter users started using the #DropDropbox hashtag to express their grief.

Recently, Mozilla was subject to similar criticism after the company appointed anti-gay marriage supporter Brendan Eich as its CEO. Following the public outrage, Brendan chose to leave the company. Dropbox has declined to comment on the current state of protests and their stance regarding the appointment of Condoleezza Rice.

Source: Dropbox via Drop-Dropbox I Image via Orlando Weekly

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riahc3 said,
If you have nothing to hide, why care?
I keep seeing this nonsense repeated. So you're saying people who aren't doing anything illegal should have no right to privacy at all?

Companies really need better personal screening techniques on employees :p Especially big name ones who cater to different kinds of people.

So, the people protesting Dropbox' appointment of Rice are demonstrating how truly racist and sexist they are. That's what this is really about. And rice is the double threat because she's both. Great job!

....P.S. Before the ignorant among start jumping on this, I'll remind you that this is EXACTLY what every stupid liberal says when we criticize their little darlings like Obama, Holder and others. It couldn't possibly be that conservatives despise their world view and political philosophies, could it?

Robert Wade said,
So, the people protesting Dropbox' appointment of Rice are demonstrating how truly racist and sexist they are. That's what this is really about. And rice is the double threat because she's both. Great job!

Nice generalisation. Totally enforces your point. Great job

I think you forget there are people who live outside of the US of A who are neither liberals or conservatives but still understand the issues involved.

It won't apply for her, since she is not liberal ...

Robert Wade said,
So, the people protesting Dropbox' appointment of Rice are demonstrating how truly racist and sexist they are. That's what this is really about. And rice is the double threat because she's both. Great job!

....P.S. Before the ignorant among start jumping on this, I'll remind you that this is EXACTLY what every stupid liberal says when we criticize their little darlings like Obama, Holder and others. It couldn't possibly be that conservatives despise their world view and political philosophies, could it?

Robert Wade said,
So, the people protesting Dropbox' appointment of Rice are demonstrating how truly racist and sexist they are. That's what this is really about. And rice is the double threat because she's both. Great job!

....P.S. Before the ignorant among start jumping on this, I'll remind you that this is EXACTLY what every stupid liberal says when we criticize their little darlings like Obama, Holder and others. It couldn't possibly be that conservatives despise their world view and political philosophies, could it?

All too true! Liberals seem to have this ludicrous notion that they can preach being open to everyone and tolerance, etc yet are free to discriminate and be flat out intolerant of all those they don't agree with. Hypocrites.

Nogib said,

All too true! Liberals seem to have this ludicrous notion that they can preach being open to everyone and tolerance, etc yet are free to discriminate and be flat out intolerant of all those they don't agree with. Hypocrites.

Have you ever thought that Mr Obama would be just as bad a choice as Ms Rice ? Sometimes it's not about politics but about politicians - and why you would want to trust ANY of them is beyond me.

I dropped Dropbox 2 years ago, because the endorsed that awful President Obama for re-election. If Condi Rice is a member of the board, then I will gladly comeback and use their services again.

People who are against the Iraqi policies are absolutely clueless. Those policies are so good even Obama doesn't want to stop it's enforcement.

if Dropbox decides to drop her then we know its only because she is black.

I don't hope they are a bunch of KKK wannabe's at Dropbox

scumdogmillionaire said,
Didn't anyone learn from Mozilla? The entire world is your HR department now and controls whom you hire and fire. They should have run it by everyone first. :-|

scumdogmillionaire said,
Didn't anyone learn from Mozilla? Tumblr is your HR department now and controls whom you hire and fire. They should have run it by everyone first. :-|

fixed that for you

This just for advertising and attention seeking.

What the hell does she know about tech and storage, probably nothing.

Employ someone that works hard and knows what-is-what.

Boycotting products/services because of political views.

The root of all problems: Politics and religion (even though religion is politics in itself)

We are talking about a file serving company right? Her job descriptions are different I'm sure. I don't think she is going to lead a blitzkrieg with computer files.

If Dropbox decide to drop her, like Mozilla dropped the former CEO, then we know its only due to the color of her skin. If that happens, let's get a partition going labeling dropbox a racists organization that doesn't like blacks.

@ xiralos,
Exactly..

Here is my idea. I am going to create a website service, called "hire-or-fire.com". Companies will send us a picture along with a history of there current employees or possibly future employees along with a short history and links to social networks for that person. Then like those "hot or not" websites the internet users will vote to either keep or not keep an employee. Because as we know the internet it is full of geniuses. Just imagine all the people who sit on their butt not running a company we know they are better at running companies because they tell us so. I am of course going to make a billion dollars, that is if you all don't vote me out of my own company.

Edited by pjosephson, Apr 11 2014, 5:04pm :

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