Is it any surprise that most of the lawmakers in question are Republican, with the exception of one Democrat? It is important to know who they are: Republican Senators Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio, Republican Representatives K. Michael Conaway and Liz Cheney, and Democrat Representative Dutch Ruppersberger. Good for them! Google is a big dog in the global economy, and it takes more than a little guts to push back at them.
Newsbusters has this one.
Five congressmen have signed a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai to express their “concerns” over the tech giant’s partnership with the Chinese firm Huawei Technologies. Huawei runs Google’s operating system, Android, on its phones. The lawmakers penned their letter soon after Google ended its partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense.
The letter, which was signed by four Republicans and one Democrats, says, “We write to express our concerns about Google’s ‘strategic partnership’ with Huawei Technologies. Chinese telecommunications companies, such as Huawei, have extensive ties with the Chinese Communist Party. As a result, this partnership between Google and Huawei could pose a serious risk to U.S. national security and American consumers.”
Here’s their concern which motivated the letter.
We urge you to reconsider Google’s partnership with Huawei, particularly since your company recently refused to renew a key research partnership, Project Maven, with the Department of Defense. This project uses artificial intelligence to improve the accuracy of U.S. military targeting, not least to reduce civilian casualties. While we regret that Google did not want to continue a long and fruitful tradition of collaboration between the military and technology companies, we are even more disappointed that Google apparently is more willing to support the Chinese Communist Party than the U.S. military.
It’s dangerous for the few internet giants to have such control over the medium. If it’s a matter of national defense, maybe they, congress, should also think about breaking those companies up and eliminate the monopoly they have over the internet.