"To protect freedoms," Microsoft promises to sell its military technologies to democracies


Microsoft boss Satya Nadella said his company would never sell military technology to undemocratic institutions to "protect freedoms." This follows the concerns of some employees about a partnership with the US military on the Hololens 2.
Satya Nadella, boss of Microsoft
Military technologies have always been a sensitive subject where the aspirations of each can easily come into contradiction. Around this theme, a protest movement takes place within Microsoft itself. The company has entered into a partnership with the US Army to equip the soldiers with its new augmented reality helmet Hololens 2.
A group of Microsoft employees have made their voices heard to oppose this project. "We did not sign to develop weapons," they wrote to their boss Satya Nadella. They also felt that the Hololens 2 was transforming "the battlefield into a video game".
Satya Nadella was quick to respond in an interview with CNN Business. "Our policy is not to deny access to our technologies to the institutions we have democratically elected to protect the freedoms we enjoy," he said. He goes on to say that the management of the firm has always been transparent about this and that the discussion with the employees will be continued.
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In other words, Satya Nadella wants to reassure her employees by promising that only democracies will benefit from Microsoft's military technologies. Alas, taking into consideration all the political and geopolitical complexities, one can imagine that such a statement will not suffice to calm the worries of disgruntled employees.
Note that Microsoft is already involved in projects related to the army, but always by far: the giant regularly sells solutions to other companies that then apply them for military purposes. Here, the employees reproach the multinational for being directly invested in this collaboration with the armed forces.
Moreover, they also deplore the opacity of Microsoft's review process, which is supposed to ensure the ethical development of its products, and believe that it is inadequate to prevent the design of weapons. This case is reminiscent of a similar story that agitated Google after the Mountain View firm entered into a controversial partnership with the US military.
    
    
        
    
    

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