Moun­tain View, Cal­i­for­nia

Google ditches mil­i­tary deal:

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Google has de­cided not to re­new its mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar con­tract with the Pen­tagon in re­sponse to an open let­ter of protest signed by 4,000 of its em­ploy­ees. The com­pany’s role in Project Maven was to cre­ate a “Google Earth-like” sys­tem to im­prove the pre­ci­sion of mil­i­tary drone strikes. Re­port­edly worth $15m, the con­tract was seen by ex­ec­u­tives as a step to­wards com­pet­ing with Ama­zon and Mi­crosoft for lu­cra­tive gov­ern­ment in­tel­li­gence con­tracts. But Google’s staff ar­gued the tech gi­ant should not be in the “busi­ness of war”, and warned that the Pen­tagon part­ner­ship was un­eth­i­cal and dam­ag­ing to its brand. “We can­not out­source the moral re­spon­si­bil­ity of our tech­nolo­gies to third par­ties,” the let­ter said.

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