Microsoft, Amazon pledge to work with Pentagon following anonymous online rebukes – The Washington Post – Microsoft executives launched a spirited defense of their work with the U.S. military on Friday in a blog post written by company president Brad Smith, who pledged to work with Pentagon as it embarks on a multibillion-dollar effort to build advanced artificial intelligence capabilities into its operations. founder and…

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Amazon Web Services pitched ICE on using its Rekognition face-recognition cloud service – GeekWire – Amazon Web Services pitched the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on using its Rekognition video analysis service, which it claims can identify faces in surveillance videos, according to documents recently made public.

Lawmakers seek probe into Pentagon contract critics say favors Amazon – The Hill – Two Republican lawmakers are asking the Pentagon’s inspector general to investigate the bidding process for a multibillion-dollar Defense Department cloud computing contract, which critics claim is biased toward Amazon.

Bezos: If big tech turns its back on the Pentagon, ‘this country is going to be in trouble’ – Washington Business Journal –He reiterated his belief that “millions, billions, maybe even a trillion” people would one day be living in space, and he also defended his company’s pursuit of lucrative Defense Department contracts for cloud computing.

Jeff Bezos defends big tech working with Department of Defense, one week after Google drops out of Pentagon contract – GeekWire – Don’t expect Amazon to follow Google’s lead when it comes to working with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos: Tech companies must work with the military, “even when it’s unpopular” – DataCenterDynamics – “We are going to continue to support the DoD and I think we should”

Amazon worker pushes Bezos to stop selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement – The Hill – An Amazon employee is seeking to put new pressure on the company to stop selling its facial recognition technology to law enforcement.

Anonymous employee calls on Amazon Web Services to stop selling face-recognition technology to police departments – GeekWire – More than 450 Amazon employees have now signed a letter originally addressed to CEO Jeff Bezos and other senior executives in June asking Amazon Web Services to stop selling its Rekognition image and video cloud service to police departments.