Dropbox defends appointment of Condoleezza Rice to board

In a blog post Friday, Drew Houston, Dropbox’s chief executive, responded to critics of the firm’s decision to appoint former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the private company’s board.

This week, we wrote about the heated discussions over the appointment and the calls by some for Dropbox to rescind the offer. Some commentary suggested that Silicon Valley was forcing its beliefs on others and referenced the recent controversy at Mozilla over the then-chief executive Brendan Eich’s donation to an anti-gay-marriage ballot initiative.

I argued, this controversy isn’t Mozilla 2.0.

In his post, Houston reaffirmed the company’s commitment to privacy:

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.


At top: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks in Menlo Park on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.   (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)

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Michelle Quinn is a Business Columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. Prior to her current role, she was the Silicon Valley correspondent at Politico covering tech policy and politics. She has also covered the tech industry at the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She was a blogger for the New York Times.