Google announced a conference that kicks off on July 23. Titled “Next 18,” Google said that building a computer “cloud for everyone” needs “inspiration and ideas from all corners of our community.” In San Francisco, Next ‘18 is promising two events on the first day of the conference to welcome “women, people of color, LGBTQ-A, people with disabilities, and the intersections thereof.” Google did not indicate to which “intersections” it was referring. The two events “Women in Tech Social” and the “Celebrate Diversity Reception” promise “networking opportunities, demos, interactive experiences, and food and wine pairings.”

As is familiar with anyone who has attended large conferences, badges and name-tags are de rigueur. Attendees are required to have a badge issued by the conference. Among the Q&As on the fact page for the conference is the following question:

“Do I need to bring ID when I pick up my badge?”

Google answered:

“Government-issued forms of ID must be presented in order to pick up your Next ’18 event badge. In the weeks prior to the event, all registered attendees will receive an onsite confirmation email and QR code that can be used to check in for the event. If you received an academic attendee rate or student access pass, please bring proof of academic status, such as a school-issued student ID card, to pick up your badge.”

This comes despite repeated accusations in many cities and states, especially by Democrats and progressives, that government authorities have required official and/or government identification for voters in order to exclusive minorities from voting.

At the conference, Google promises that in collaboration with The Female Quotient, an Equality Lounge will be available. The “women-focused, all gender inclusive drop-in space” will provide “confidence coaching, professional headshots, and #IamRemarkable workshops.” Panel discussions will be led by various activists include Annie Jean-Baptise “Google’s Global Product Inclusion Evangelist,” and will honor among others Muslim activist Rana Abdelhamid— who is the founder of a Muslim self-defense group. 
 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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