Armed Force Quit

It “is not unusual for Silicon Valley’s big companies to have deep military ties. And the internal dissent over Maven stands in contrast to Google’s biggest competitors for selling cloud-computing services — and Microsoft — which have aggressively pursued Pentagon contracts without pushback from their employees.” NYT: Google Will Not Renew Pentagon Contract That Upset Employees.

+ Should tech companies avoid military contracts or should they make money while empowering America’s armed forces? Code for America’s Jennifer Pahlka has given that topic a lot of consideration, and writes about it thoughtfully here. The Problem with Dull Knives: “Having poor tools doesn’t make us fight less; it makes us fight badly.”

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