Biz media file to keep Waymo-Uber trial open to the public
Gizmodo Media Group, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vox, BuzzFeed, Hearst, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, and other media outlets filed a motion Monday to keep the courtroom in the Waymo-Uber trial open to the press and the public.
Kate Conger of Gizmodo writes, “‘There is no compelling reason for the free press to be shut out of this trial, and the court should not carve out one simply because America’s largest tech companies favor secrecy over transparency,’ a BuzzFeed spokesperson said.
“When asked to comment on our brief, a Waymo spokesperson provided the following statement: ‘Waymo welcomes a public trial and we will work with all parties to minimize closed courtroom time. We have asked to close the courtroom in only a limited set of circumstances to protect Waymo’s trade secrets and confidential business information, as well as current and former employees’ private employment information.'”