'Students are campaigning for Cambridge University to sever its links with Palantir, a technology company that supplies software for controversial US government immigration enforcement programmes.
On Monday, students from the #NoTechForTyrants campaign protested a talk, entitled ‘Privacy and Civil Liberties (PCL) & Machine Learning’, held by senior Palantir employees at the Department of Computer Science and Technology. Palantir directs money towards the Department through its sponsorship of student prizes and as a member of the Supporters’ Club, for which it pays an annual fee.
Both staff and students have condemned the decision to allow the university to be used by Palantir as a “recruitment ground”. A computer science lecturer commented that the decision to allow the talk was “disgraceful” and “shames the computer science department”'