Interesting piece on Re/Code this morning about the “secret meeting” of Valley engineers who fear that Trump is very, very bad for tech.
They’re right of course, and they’re also right when they talk about the potential for an engineers’ strike to grind major tech companies to a halt.
And yet, Re/Code still managed to bury the lede by breezing past a mention of one significant attendee…
The rules say all attendees are granted anonymity unless willing to be outed, which made Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos’s appearance all the more significant. He declined to comment, but did give Recode permission to print his name.
And that’s all the piece had to say about Alex Stamos. Which is a shame because simply describing Stamos as Facebook’s CSO doesn’t do him - or his appearance at the meeting - justice. In fact, taken at face value it almost suggests that Facebook had send such a high ranking exec to a “secret meeting” of rank and file techies to keep tabs on potentially troublesome workers.
The truth is something far more interesting, and far more encouraging.
It’s certainly true to say that Stamos is a high ranking Facebook exec, but he’s also something else: The canary in the coal mine...