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Why We Illuminate IBM's Dark History (and Present)

IBM and Trump Tower
Yes, the apple falls not too far from the tree it originally came from (and yes, those buildings are geographically adjacent, a stone-throw away from one another)

Summary: There's a fictional version of history floating about, glorifying IBM as a champion of "diversity" and glamourising Thomas Watson (who had a major product named after him); the public deserves better understanding of where IBM derived -- and still derives -- money and power from

IBM is by far the most influential company in GNU/Linux development because it bought Red Hat. We, as GNU/Linux users, need to understand the new guardian or steward. Over the pasts year IBM has been super-busy bombarding the media with messages that say completely the opposite of what people are supposed to find. IBM is (internally at least) very much aware of the past and the need to darken/reduce linkage to that past. Think of it as "googlebombing" (IBM very blatantly engaged in a "googlebombing" campaign after it turned out what it had done for NYPD). IBM's "all in" when it comes to Donald Trump's dark and oppressive agenda. IBM is profiting from racism and segregation. It's not even diverse. Those who think IBM is a very diverse company are likely the victims of those "googlebombing" campaigns.

"Think of it as "googlebombing" (IBM very blatantly engaged in a "googlebombing" campaign after it turned out what it had done for NYPD)."Thomas Watson, the CEO of IBM at the time that he received a medal from Hitler, is not the exception. Over the years IBM profited a great deal from abusive acts and gross violations of human rights. IBM as a company even named one of their current biggest projects/products "Watson" in honour of him and we're expected to look the other way, focusing instead on supposed harms of words used to communicate IBM's dark history.⁣

Nazi poster/adFalse "ethics" (synthetic corporate surrogate of real ethics) are used to muzzle critics of corporate abuse in the name of "professionalism"... (i.e. blind and uncritical obedience to corporate power)

The image to the left is no arbitrary placement. It's an ad from the Third Reich, advertising the capability IBM gave the Nazi regime with tabulation machines.

"Let people decide what to buy based on the underlying facts, not soundbites and "googlebombing" campaigns."Techrights has long resisted censorship, antagonised liars, and opposed racism. Pointing out what IBM really is may not be necessary but an imperative, a duty. Let people decide what to buy based on the underlying facts, not soundbites and "googlebombing" campaigns.

Speaking of "bombing", don't ask what IBM did for nuclear weapons and see what was discussed last night in IRC. "IBM was involved in the "modernization" of the Indiana welfare system," Ryan recalled. It was a very major blunder. It is also very recent.

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