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Petition Demanding Removal Of Condoleezza Rice From Dropbox Board Pops Up Online, On Twitter

TechCrunch logo TechCrunch 11/04/2014 Sarah Perez

Internet activists are at it again. Following yesterday’s news regarding the of , former United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, to the board of cloud storage and syncing service Dropbox, a has sprung up online, demanding that users tell Dropbox they’re opposed this move, and threaten to leave the service if Rice isn’t removed from the board.

The appointment was not met without controversy, of course, as Rice’s position in the Bush administration saw her commenting on the alleged weapons of mass destruction, which played a role in the U.S. deciding to go to war with Iraq. However, even the petition’s writer admits that Rice is an “extremely brilliant and accomplished individual,” and “well-connected,” which is why a company like Dropbox would have welcomed her to its board.

Hosted at , the petition references this and other offenses, including the administration’s use of , wiretapping, serving on Chevron’s board, and more.

And then it demands:

Tell Drew Houston: unless you remove Condoleezza Rice from the Dropbox Board, I, and/or my organization, will stop using Dropbox and move to an alternative cloud storage provider

The site then lists several to choose from including Box, Microsoft’s OneDrive, SpiderOak, Google Drive, and more. (There’s some irony here, since companies like Google and Microsoft were among those revealed to be involved in the U.S. government’s surveillance of its citizens. To those who care deeply about the politics surrounding the technology they use, there may not a “good” choice here, just the lesser of two perceived evils).

The petition is hosted on a domain whose registration has been shielded by Domains By Proxy, but some of the first tweets and references to the site are found  and on called @TheAnonNation, suggesting an affiliation with the loosely organized internet activists Anonymous, though not one of its “official” accounts. (i.e. has not referenced the campaign at this point.)

However, the campaign has already started making its mark on Twitter, where a number of users have begun retweeting the hashtag to @Dropbox and its founder Drew Houston.

However, in the case of Internet activism, it’s often a vocal minority that makes waves, calling attention to its cause, while a larger majority is either uncaring or oblivious to the issue at hand. Whether or not that’s the case this time around remains to be seen.

But online activists have had some successes as of late, effectively leading the charge to  as Mozilla CEO for his financial support of proposed legislation that would have repealed gay marriage. While that was not an anonymously led campaign, the fact that it did enact change in such a short amount of time may have emboldened those behind Drop Dropbox to start their own social media infused campaign.

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