Google employees are reportedly quitting their jobs over the company’s ongoing participation in Project Maven, a drone surveillance program operated by the U.S. Department of Defense.
About a dozen Google employees are resigning in protest of the company’s involvement in the Pentagon project, Gizmodo reported Monday, citing discussions with outgoing workers and an internal document in which they detailed their reasons for leaving.
Google employees leaving over the Pentagon project said their decisions were driven by factors ranging from ethical concerns regarding the use of artificial intelligence in drone warfare, to “broader worries” involving the company’s political decisions and their potential repercussions, Gizmodo reported.
Google did not immediately comment on the report.
Launched in April 2017, Project Maven aims to “accelerate DoD’s integration of big data and machine learning,” the Pentagon explained in a memorandum establishing the program.
Maven’s “objective is to turn the enormous volume of data available to DoD into actionable