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30 Oct 2020

Jennifer Elias, CNBC

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian tells employees it isn’t helping with virtual border wall

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian... addressed a question from employees about a ... report said that Google’s AI technology might be used in conjunction with technology from start-up Anduril, which is working on technology for a “virtual wall” at the U.S. border with Mexico. Kurian strongly denied that aspect of the report.

“As we have stated in the past, we are not working on any projects associated with immigration enforcement at the southern border,” Kurian told employees Friday, according to a transcript of the meeting from a participant. Google confirmed the accuracy of the transcript, but declined further comment.

“While the statement of work includes a lengthy list of programs the agency may be testing, we have spoken directly with Customs and Border Patrol and they have confirmed that they are not testing our products for those purposes.”

... Last year, Google employees signed a petition asking company leaders to declare they won’t work with U.S. immigration and border control agencies, citing mistreatment of asylum seekers and refugees...