Illustration by Polina Godz for Jacobin.
Workers at Google just scored an impressive victory against US militarism. For months, Google employees have led a campaign demanding that the company terminate its contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven, a program that uses machine learning to improve targeting for drone strikes. Nearly five thousand Google workers signed an internal petition to cancel the project, and dozens resigned. Then, on June 1, Google announced that it will not seek another contract for Project Maven, caving to employee pressure.
I spoke to one of the Google workers who led the internal campaign against Project Maven for Jacobin. On a different subject, I also recently wrote a review of Asad Haider's book about identity politics, Mistaken Identity, for The Guardian.