Microsoft closes 'controversial' contract with Pentagon for five years

Microsoft has signed a contract with the US Department of Defense for five years worth 1.76 billion dollars (1.53 billion euros), according to the Pentagon Friday.


Microsoft has signed a contract with the US Department of Defense for five years worth 1.76 billion dollars (1.53 billion euros), according to the Pentagon Friday.

Microsoft will take care of all the cloud storage of the ministry. In October last year it turned out that not all employees are behind the controversial cloud contract. In an open letter they expressed their concerns about the cooperation. They warned against the use of artificial intelligence for military purposes.

Brad Smith, Microsoft's chief lawyer, then said he was still behind the contract. "By withdrawing, we would miss out on the opportunity to engage in a public debate about responsible use of technology."

Google decided in the same period to abandon participation in the tender after protests within the company.

In addition to Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Amazon were in the race to provide the cloud services of the Pentagon.

See also: Microsoft defends interest in controversial contract with Pentagon

REF: https://www.nu.nl/internet/5679368/microsoft-sluit-vijf-jaar-omstreden-contract-met-pentagon.html

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