Dropbox announced this week that it's adding Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State for the George W. Bush administration, to its board of directors.
"When looking to grow our board, we sought out a leader who could help us expand our global footprint. Dr. Rice has had an illustrious career as Provost of Stanford University, board member of companies like Hewlett Packard and Charles Schwab, and former United States Secretary of State. We’re honored to be adding someone as brilliant and accomplished as Dr. Rice to our team," the company wrote in a blog post on its website.
Many members of the tech community were confused by the choice, given Rice's ties to an administration that has since been revealed to have been behind the widespread surveillance carried out by the NSA. Naturally, they took to Twitter to levy accusations and express their cynicism.
Adding Condi Rice to the Dropbox board might be the most tone-deaf move by a big Silicon Valley company in as long as I can remember.— Ed Bott (@edbott) April 9, 2014
Condoleeza Rice to join Dropbox board? Bold move NSA! Err, I mean bold move Dropbox!— Miguel de Icaza (@migueldeicaza) April 9, 2014