Google Withdraws Plans to Bid for DoD's JEDI Cloud Contract

Google pulls out of $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract over AI concerns

Google says it chose not to compete for the contract because it believes this work would conflict with its corporate principles, and because it believes it may not hold all of the necessary certifications. The company says that this particular project is not in line with its AI policies, but it will continue to work with the USA government in other ways.

In a set of principles laid out to guide its development of artificial intelligence, Google also said it won't build AI for surveillance that violates "internationally accepted norms".

Amazon was widely viewed among Pentagon officials and technology vendors as the front-runner for the contract, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud, or JEDI.

Google pulls out of crucial Pentagon's cloud computing competition that could be worth as much as $10 billion.

"We are aligning ourselves to contract vehicles that allow a multi-cloud approach and we are heavily pursuing those", she noted.

The Pentagon's insistence on going with a winner-take-all contract prevents Google from working on parts of the JEDI procurement... She also emphasised that the company is prepared to meet the highest classification requirements for handling "top secret US classified data". Another from the Tech Workers Coalition reads: "We believe that tech companies should not be in the business of war, and that we as tech workers must adopt binding ethical standards for the use of AI that will let us build the world we believe in".




"Bids are due October 12".

Google cited its AI principles, which were published back in June, as the reason for dropping out of the bidding process.

Google's decision to drop out of the bidding process comes on the back of widespread protect from thousands of Googlers over another United States government project that Google was linked to.

That will provide federal agencies and their partners with the ability to leverage the cloud for more of their operations, including where sensitive data like personally identifiable information can be securely used, because more features will automatically include the security and compliance levels needed to do business, White said. Initial bidding began two months ago and will conclude this week, with leading contenders including Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM. Some employees even resigned during the protest.

According to Bloomberg, which first reported the news, employee pressure contributed to Google's decision about JEDI. "You may see a place to recharge your Fitbit but nothing to indicate the sort of patriotic identity that the rest of the defense contractors have".

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