Google I/O Keynote Marred by Protests


Google kicked off I/O, its annual builders’ conference, on Wednesday with the traditional keynote handle the place the corporate confirmed off its latest products. Then again, the presentation used to be interrupted – twice – by means of protestors throughout the hall, while a movement of activists registered their displeasure with the corporate’s actions outside the venue, mos cone West in San Francisco.

About forty five minutes into the keynote, a woman walked up near the stage conserving a banner that seemed to say, “increase a sense of right and wrong: stop Jack Halpern from Evicting SF academics.” Jack Halpern is ago ogle lawyer who was used to be accused of trying to evict folks under the Ellis Act in San Francisco. The woman was once it sounds as if later recognized as Claudia Tirade, one of the vital eviction victims.

The lady was removed from the venue, and David Burke, the Google engineer on stage on the time, even managed to throw-in a funny story at her price, pronouncing, “Battery Saver [the feature he was talking about at the time] is truly nice if you are about to embark on an extended hike or, say, an extended protest, and you wish to have the battery to last even longer.”

That wasn’t all. Two hours into the keynote, another protestor, a male, walked close to the stage and began shouting. “You all [Google employees] work for a totalitarian company that’s building machines that will kill people,” he said, in an apparent reference to Google’s purchase of Boston Dynamics.

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