Google locked out artificial intelligence researcher Margaret Mitchell from its corporate systems, making her the second outspoken critic at the company to be sidelined. Mitchell was a vocal supporter of her colleague Timnit Gebru, who departed under acrimonious circumstances last month.
President Joe Biden made it a point to highlight his fight against inequities when he announced a flurry of executive orders that reversecourse on Trump administration policies. That said, details were scarce, with more likely to come over the next few weeks.
More than a quarter of the Trump-era EPA rules and decisions that the Biden administration will review deal with chemicals, signaling the agency’s oversight of potentially dangerous substances will be a top priority.
The Allegheny County Port Authority’s ban on its employees wearing Covid-19 facemasks with political messages, including support for the Black Lives Matter movement, is likely unconstitutional and will be put on hold, a federal court in Pennsylvania said.