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Dropbox Issues Non-Statement Statement About Condoleezza Rice

Scott Lucas | April 14, 2014 | Story Tech World

Facing criticism for appointing former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to its Board of Directors, Dropbox has shown no sign of pulling a Mozilla.

In a post on Dropbox's blog, CEO Drew Houston wrote, "There’s nothing more important to us than keeping your stuff safe and secure. It’s why we’ve been fighting for transparency and government surveillance reform, and why we’ve been vocal and public with our principles and values. We should have been clearer that none of this is going to change with Dr. Rice’s appointment to our Board. Our commitment to your rights and your privacy is at the heart of every decision we make, and this will continue."

In his post, Houston went on to write that, "As we continue to expand into new countries, we need that type of insight to help us reach new users and defend their rights. Dr. Rice understands our stance on these issues and fully supports our commitments to our users."

If you could stay awake past the second or third sentence of that, congratulations—and please tell us your secret.

Last week's move by Dropbox overshadowed its announcement of new programs for its file sharing service, and lead to an online campaign to "Drop Dropbox." Organizers of that effort have argued for a consumer boycott of Dropbox, given Rice's role in warrantless wiretapping, torture, and the invasion of Iraq.

As Wired argued, brining in Rice may have been a miscalculation by Dropbox. "Customers aren’t just buying gigabytes. They’re buying into a brand [...] Dropbox’s decision to join with someone so closely tied to the national security apparatus carries a big risk to the company’s image."

The short version of what Drobpox said: Shut up, nerds. We need Condi to help us with the Chinese market.

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