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Petition urges users to demand Dropbox drop Condoleeza Rice from its board

The petition highlights all of Condoleeza Rice's activities that make her, according to the petition, ineligible for the job and calls Dropbox's decision "ethically short-sighted."
By Ananth Baliga   |   April 10, 2014 at 1:44 PM   |   Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 (UPI) -- A petition is demanding users ask Dropbox to remove Condoleeza Rice from its board; she was appointed Wednesday to help with privacy and expansion plans.

The former secretary of state under George W. Bush was appointed to the board of Dropbox, a cloud storage and file sharing service. Her appointment has generated controversy in the last 24 hours, as she was central to the Bush administration's assertion that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which led to the the U.S. deciding to go to war with Iraq.

But the petition does go on to praise Condoleeza Rice as an “extremely brilliant and accomplished individual,” and “well-connected,” suggesting that is why Dropbox appointed her, calling the appointment "ethically short-sighted."

The petition highlights several other offenses, like her approval for warrant-less wiretapping and her time spent on Chevron's board. It also credits her with the creation of "the Bush administration's torture program."

Users have been asked to post to Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #DropDropbox, their opposition to the appointment. The petition also lists other alternatives to use such as Box, Microsoft’s OneDrive, SpiderOak, Google Drive, and more.

The petition is hosted on a secret domain name and is shielded by Domains By Proxy. Some of the tweets associated with the petition have come from an anonymous Twitter account called @TheAnonNation, which may be loosely tied to organized internet activists group Anonymous, though it isn't one of their official accounts.

The development comes a week after an online campaign led to the removal of Brendan Eich as Mozilla CEO, after it was revealed that Eich had contributed to California's Proposition 8 that would have repealed same-sex marriage in the state.

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[TechCrunch]

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