As fellow cloud giant Microsoft goes all in on the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud computing contract, Google turns attention to how it does good with the government to advance citizens’ safety and well-being.
“The public sector continues to be an important place where cloud technologies have a positive impact, and Google Cloud is proud to be working with a variety of public sector organizations at the federal, state, and local level to help improve the lives of the people they serve, as well as the workforces that help them accomplish their missions,” wrote Aileen Black, executive director and industry lead, US Government at Google Cloud, in a blog post.
This includes customers like the National Institutes of Health, which uses Google Cloud at more than 2,500 institutions across the U.S. to accelerate progress toward finding treatments and cures for devastating diseases.
The City of Los Angeles uses Google Cloud to design systems that share public safety and community services information during natural disasters such as where to find evacuation shelters and sandbag stations.
And yes, this do gooding also includes the military. A new feature in Cloud Talent Solution improves job searches for veterans.
“We look forward to working with government customers to identify ways our technology can positively impact communities,” Black wrote.
The blog, posted today, coincides with Google Cloud Summit ‘18 in Washington, DC. It also follows Google’s very public decision not to bid for the $10 billion JEDI contract because the work may not support its artificial intelligence (AI) principles.
Microsoft, meanwhile, did submit a proposal for the 10-year Department of Defense deal that will see one cloud company provide services for all branches of the military. (So did Amazon, IBM, Oracle, and possibly other cloud vendors.)
In a recent blog post Microsoft President Brad Smith and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said they will offer alternative employment options for workers opposed to the company’s JEDI bid. The company also reportedly told military and intelligence agencies that it would sell them AI and any other technologies they needed “to build a strong defense.”
This seems to be at odds with Microsoft’s leadership role in the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, which Smith launched at the RSA Conference in April. More than 30 other companies signed the global agreement and pledged to protect their customers from attacks by cybercriminals and nation states. They also vowed not to help governments launch cyberattacks.
But it’s not all rainbows and flowers at Google. Late last week a New York Times investigation revealed Google gave Android creator Andy Rubin a $90 million exit package after Google staffers accused him of sexual misconduct. About 200 employees are planning a walkout on Nov. 1 in protest.