Google broke an agreement with the Pentagon

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The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud (JEDI) contest's goal is to find a solution for the military to transfer massive amounts of data and processing power to the cloud.

Google is not bidding on the JEDI contract since the company is not confident that the contract would align with its AI principles and there were several areas in the contract that were out of scope with present government certifications.

In 2016 Microsoft said its Azure Government cloud service ahd been authorised by the Defense Information Systems Agency to handle data with the Information Impact Level 5 (IL-5) clearance level. Currently, Amazon and Microsoft take the market leader in providing cloud computing services to government and businesses.

Earlier this summer, Google announced it would not with the Department of Defense for an artificial intelligence project dubbed Project Maven. 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. These principles were drawn up earlier this year in the wake of controversy over Google's work on the USA military's Project Maven.

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The JEDI cloud contract would potentially have a much broader exposure to the Pentagon's advanced weapons systems.

Following details of the involvement of Google in Project Maven became known, thousands of employees at Google signed petitions asking for the company to leave the project and dozens resigned as a show of protest. However, there was discontent that there could only be one contract victor, with industry players stating their preference would have been for multiple providers to bid for and win the work. Initial bidding began two months ago and will conclude this week, with leading contenders including Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM.

AirAsia will also work closely with Google Cloud to digitalise and transform its way of work and culture by deploying G Suite and Chrome Enterprise to create an agile digital experience that will provide access to data and analysis when and where they are needed for faster, more informed decision-making. It also would not work on technologies that gather or use information for surveillance violating internationally accepted norms, and technologies whose objective contravenes widely accepted principles of global law and human rights.

The contract has been mired in controversy as a result of the Pentagon's decision to award the contract to a single contractor rather than breaking it up. The company's competitors are anxious that Amazon has an inside track to the JEDI award because of its earlier work with the Central Intelligence Agency, and because the request for proposals includes certain government IT certifications that only Amazon is likely to meet.

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