Google has taken a beating in the press over its work with the Pentagon on a controversial drone image analysis program. On Friday, the company told employees that it will bow to pressure and will not renew the contract for “Project Maven” when it expires next year. Google has consistently sought to downplay the scale of the program, but a combination of negative reporting and employee protests led to the recent decision.
Google’s involvement with the Pentagon program became public knowledge earlier this year. Maven, also known as the