Google Employees Resigning En Masse In Protest Against Pentagon Contract

Some Google employees are resigning due to involvement with Project Maven

Some Google employees are resigning due to involvement with Project Maven

When Google formed its parent company, Alphabet, in 2015, it dropped the longtime motto "don't be evil" from its code of corporate conduct, replacing it with "do the right thing".

Project Maven helps process aerial drone footage using artificial intelligence (AI) to spy on vehicles and even follow people as they come and go in and out of buildings.

The employees who are resigning in protest, several of whom discussed their decision to leave with Gizmodo, say that executives have become less transparent with their workforce about controversial business decisions and seem less interested in listening to workers' objections than they once did.
A Google spokesperson confirmed the partnership back in March, but said the technology was being used for "non-offensive uses only".

Project Raven will use intelligent machines to identify objects in up to 38 categories, with the aim of speeding up military intelligence operations.

"Any military use of machine learning naturally raises valid concerns".

Google has defended their work and in a statement made last month, the company said, "The technology is used to flag images for human review and is meant to save lives and save people from having to do highly tedious work". "Actions speak louder than words, and that's a standard I hold myself to as well", another employee who quit told Gizmodo.

Over the last couple of months, I've been less and less impressed with the response and the way people's concerns are being treated and listened to.
I realized if I can't recommend people join here, then why am I still here? "But I do feel responsibility when I see something that I should escalate it", another added.