REPORT: Google bows to employees’ demands, drops out of bid on Pentagon contract
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Google has decided not to compete for the Pentagon’s cloud-computing contract valued at as much as $10 billion, saying the project may conflict with its corporate values.
The project, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud, or JEDI, involves transitioning massive amounts of Defense Department data to a commercially operated cloud system. Companies are due to submit bids for the contract, which could last as long as 10 years, on Friday.
The article goes on to state the following:
Google’s announcement Monday came just months after the company decided not to renew its contract with a Pentagon artificial intelligence program, after extensive protests from employees of the internet giant about working with the military. The company then released a set of principles designed to evaluate what kind of artificial intelligence projects it would pursue.
“We are not bidding on the JEDI contract because first, we couldn’t be assured that it would align with our AI Principles,” a Google spokesman said in a statement. “And second, we determined that there were portions of the contract that were out of scope with our current government certifications.”
The Tech Workers Coalition, which advocates for giving employees a say in technology company decisions, said in a statement that Google’s decision to withdraw from the cloud competition stemmed from “sustained” pressure from tech workers who “have significant power, and are increasingly willing to use it.”
Google pulls out of race for billion dollar Pentagon defense contract https://t.co/vvlbxjs2IY
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) October 8, 2018
Google drops bid for Defense Department’s JEDI project. It says the $10 billion Pentagon contract might not align with its corporate values on artificial intelligence.https://t.co/rmRlkNCxNB
Amazon, Microsoft, IBM and Oracle have shown interest in the contract or parts of it.
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) October 9, 2018
— Rosalie Chan (@rosaliechan17) October 9, 2018
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