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Microsoft told to stay away from Jedi
Staff worry about doing evil if they help the Republic
Software Empire Microsoft is at odds with its staff over a move to sign up for the DoD’s defence contract (Jedi).
Microsoft expressed its intent to bid on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract -- a contract that represents a $10 billion project to build cloud services for the Department of Defence.
The contract is massive in scope and shrouded in secrecy, which makes it impossible to know what technologies Microsoft would be building.
At an industry day for JEDI, DoD Chief Management Officer John H. Gibson II explained the program's impact, saying: "This program is truly about increasing the lethality of our department."
For this reason,the decision to go for the contract has worried a few Voles in the Redmond Volehill.
In an open letter published Saturday, an unspecified number of Microsoft employees stated their disapproval.
The open letter said that many Microsoft employees don't believe that what it builds should be used for waging war.
“When we decided to work at Microsoft, we were doing so in the hopes of "empowering every person on the planet to achieve more," not with the intent of ending lives and enhancing lethality.”
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