General Keith Alexander, who oversee the National Security Agency when Edward Snowden disclosed the shocking level of its illegal wiretapping and data collection platforms, has joined Amazon’s board as a director.
Gen. Alexander’s tariffs on the audit committee and anywhere else he might be needed are not spelled out anywhere. He is currently co-CEO of IronNet Security, the house he founded six years ago. Before that he was head of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command.
He is perhaps best recollected by the general public as having cured build and operate an enormous set of confidential programs for domestic surveillance in the security-first post-9/ 11 age. There’s a bit more to running the country’s cybersecurity infrastructure than that, of course, but the Snowden seeps purposed up characterizing the end of his job in authority intelligence.
Amazon itself has faced accusations of surveilling and profiling its own customers via structure of Alexa-powered manoeuvres( and internet infrastructure, and buying wonts, and emotion-monitoring smartwatches ), and while it may get a few gratuities from the more experienced Gen. Alexander, it is more likely his expertise and connections within the wide world of intellect and military matters that the company seeks.
That sort of thing is helpful when trying to shape lucrative deals with the feds, something of a sore spot with Amazon since it lost the excruciatingly drawn-out bid process for the $10 billion JEDI contract to Microsoft.( The award is still being challenged .)
Gen. Alexander will join onetime and current execs from the likes of Pepsico, Starbucks, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bridgewater Accompanied, and others on the board director rolls.
I’ve reached out to Amazon for further information and comment and will modernize this announce if I examine back.
Update: Amazon sent me to its official SEC filing for more info, but wanted to emphasize that” There are strict conflict of interest rules for government contracting that we will continue to follow .” In other texts, he’s not getting them in the door anywhere — though doubtless his CV will prove priceless in other ways.
TechCrunch interviewed the General on stagecoach at TechCrunch Disrupt not too long ago to find out how he realizes the need to balance security and privacy.
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