Silicon Valley Tech Companies Fight Release of Employee Statistics

February 17, 2010

A number of Silicon Valley tech companies are fighting tooth and nail with the publisher of The San Jose Mercury News after refusing to release data on the makeup of its employees. The five companies, which include Apple, Google, Oracle and Applied Materials, have refused to comply with Freedom of Information Requests regarding their employee makeup, stating that the data constitutes a trade secret- a claim that the paper is not buying.

What could the data reveal? For one, it could reveal that these huge corporations-despite appearances of being progressive, hip and forward thinking, are actually much less diverse than one would imagine. Further, it could show the dependence on foreign nationals for a great deal of the United States technological developments.

What do you think Silicon Valley is hiding?