On Tuesday, Microsoft announced plans to bid on Joint Venture Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, which is $ 10 billion for building cloud services for the Department of Defense. However, at the end of this week, an account called ’employee of Microsoft’ on the middle has urged the company not to make a bid in the open letter on the JEDI project. He said, “The contract is large in scope and is surrounded by secrecy, which makes it almost impossible to know what we will do.”
At the time of writing, there is no other information about the ‘Microsoft employee’ media account, except for the fact that the open letter is their first post, has come to light. We are unaware that this account actually represents a section of employees in Microsoft and if they do, how many employees have signed this open letter. No name has been attached to the open letter.
Earlier this month, Google announced that they would not compete for the Pentagon’s cloud-computing contract. He opted for the bid for project JEDI and said that the project could fight with its principles for ethical use of AI. In August, Oracle Corp filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) against the JDI Cloud Agreement. Oracle believes that the contract should not be given to only one company, but rather, allow many winners.
The Chief Management Officer of DOD, John H. Gibson II explained the effect of the program and said, “We should be very clear. This program is actually about enhancing the malignancy of our department.” Many Microsoft employees agree Whatever they make, they should not be used for war.
According to the letter, “When we decided to work in Microsoft, we were doing this in the hope of empowering every person on the planet, not with the intention of ending life and increasing the lethality.” He also accused that Microsoft’s officials are on track to cheat the principles of “reliability and security, privacy and security, inclusion, transparency and accountability” in return for JEDI’s short-term profits.
What do Microsoft employees want?
Microsoft employees have asked strong questions, “What are Microsoft’s AI? Regarding the violent application of the powerful AI. Technology? The workers, who make these services first and maintain, know that our work Is being used to help in profiling, monitoring or killing? ”
They want clear moral guidelines and meaningful responsibilities on which the use of technology is acceptable, and which are out of the table. They also want cloud and edge solutions listed on Azure’s blog for review by Microsoft’s AI. Ethics Committee, Ather
Not only that, the petitioners have urged the employees of other technical companies to ask such questions as, “How your work will be used, where it will be implemented, and then act according to its principles”.
Many Microsoft employees have also raised ethical concerns regarding the company’s ongoing contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to this agreement, Microsoft Ezur provides cloud computing services that enable ICE to enforce violence and terror on the border and within families of the United States. “Despite our objections, the contract remains at the place. Microsoft’s decision to pursue JEDI reiterates the need for clear moral guidelines, accountability, transparency and supervision.”