More than 150 Microsoft employees have recently signed a letter demanding the company to drop a $480 million contract to supply “Integrated Visual Augmentation System” prototypes to the US military. In the letter, the worker stated that they did not sign up to develop weapons, and demand a say in how their work is used.
In response to the criticism from the employees, Satya Nadella, the CEO defended the contract and said that he would continue to have open conversations with employees. He considered Microsoft’s role as a corporate citizen, and the company would not “withhold technology” from its elected government.
America’s “war industry” is a big business. The united states spent $610 Billion Dollar on military expenditure in 2018 alone. By having the contract, Microsoft is taking its first steps into this profitable business. However, by accepting the contract, it might create changes (good or bad) on the company’s ethical standard and culture.
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