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Condoleezza Rice joins board of Dropbox amid controversy

Rhiannon Williams

Published 11/04/2014 | 13:54

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Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wears her green jacket as she attends the Drive Pitch and Putt contest before the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. Reuters
Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wears her green jacket as she attends the Drive Pitch and Putt contest before the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. Reuters

Former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined the board of file-syncing firm Dropbox.

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Dropbox said it was "honoured to be adding someone as brilliant and accomplished as Dr. Rice to our team," adding that she would act as a leader to help the brand expand its global footprint.

However, the appointment of the former US Secretary of State has raised concerns over Dropbox's commitment to freedom, openness and ethics.

Dropbox is calling on the company's founder and CEO Drew Houston to drop Rice from the board due to her involvement with the Iraq War and affirming the legality of torture methods against captured suspects and her authorisation of wiretap surveillance programmes.

"Choosing Condoleezza Rice for Dropbox's Board is problematic on a number of deeper levels, and invites serious concerns about Drew Houston and the senior leadership at Dropbox's commitment to freedom, openness, and ethics," the campaigns website reads.

"When a company quite literally has access to all of your data, ethics become more than a fun thought experiment."

Dropbox directs visitors to Drew Houston's Twitter and Facebook pages and suggests to post "Unless you remove Condoleezza Rice from the Dropbox Board, I, and/or my organisation, will stop using Dropbox and move to an alternative cloud storage provider."

The move comes amid the resignation of newly-appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who stepped down last week following pressure from groups and individuals opposed to his financial support of an anti-gay marriage campaign.

Dropbox launched photo storage app Carousel earlier this week, which the company claims is designed to create ""a single home for all your life’s memories”.

Rice also served on HP's board before she joined the George Bush administration.

 

Telegraph.co.uk

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