Displaying items by tag: Project Maven

Despite protests from its staff in the past leading to its pulling out from controversial US Government projects, Google has now made a deal for its artificial technology to be used by the Trump administration to fortify the US-Mexico border, The Intercept reports, based on documents obtained under a FOIA request.

Published in Technology Regulation

Google has finally confirmed that it has killed plans for setting up a censored search engine in China soon after US President Donald Trump tweeted that his administration would be looking into claims by businessman Peter Thiel about Google's ties to China.

Published in Technology Regulation

A Republican Senator from Missouri has written to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai, asking him to address the company's refusal to work with the US Department of Defence while at the same time working with China on artificial intelligence.

Published in Technology Regulation

Microsoft has justified its bidding for a massive Department of Defence cloud contract, despite a number of its employees objecting to the company's participating in the effort to win the contract which is said to be worth US$10 billion over a decade.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Workers at retail giant Amazon have written to chief executive Jeff Bezos, telling him not to sell Rekognition facial recognition software to law enforcement agencies and to cancel the contract for hosting data-mining company Palantir on its cloud.

Published in Technology Regulation

Software engineers in Google's cloud business flouted orders from their managers to build air-gapping into technology that would help the company win military contracts, a report claims.

Published in Security

Five US politicians have written to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai, urging him to cut ties to the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies, and pointing out that while Google is unwilling to help the US military, it is apparently willing to co-operate with the Chinese Communist Party.

Published in Technology Regulation

Microsoft employees are protesting their employer's working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the wake of the agency's separation of migrant children from their parents at the Mexico-US border.

Published in Technology Regulation

Google has told its staff that it will not renew its deal with the Pentagon to work on Project Maven, a project which provides the military with AI technology to better identify images on the battlefield.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Leaked emails from Google show that Project Maven, an artificial intelligence-driven program devised by the Pentagon to improve drone targeting, would have earned the company up to US$250 million a year, much above the US$15 million figure that was initially made public.

Published in Government Tech Policy

A dozen Google employees have quit their jobs in protest against the company's involvement in Project Maven, a US Defence Department program that uses artificial intelligence to interpret video images and assist in targeting enemies in drone strikes.

Published in Technology Regulation

Google has thrown a spanner into the works of developers who have been using domain-fronting in the Google App Engine to avoid Internet censorship by using Google's network.

Published in Technology Regulation

Rank and file workers at Google, including a number of senior engineers, have submitted a letter to senior management to protest against a decision to provide technology to a US Defence Department programme that uses artificial intelligence to interpret video images and assist in targeting enemies in drone strikes.

Published in Technology Regulation

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