Google has signed a new $10-million-plus deal with the US National Guard to help people navigate the “darknet” by providing online services to “low-value” people.
The National Guard is one of the few military agencies to actually have a direct contract with Google, and Google will now be providing the services for “a small portion of the cost of running an NCO account,” according to a blog post on the Google Google+ Community.
The deal, which is subject to approval by the US Congress, allows Google to help with a program that helps low-value people navigate a wide range of services including social media, instant messaging, email, banking, and more.
“The NCO Account program provides services to people who have a very low-priority and limited ability to access a wide variety of services and tools.
These services include: email, chat, video conferencing, and voice calls,” the blog post said.”
As the government’s primary social media platform, the NCO Accounts program offers a significant opportunity for the Government to engage with a broader range of citizens, including people who are marginalized, low-income, and people of color,” it added.
The NDG is currently funded by a combination of funding from the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA), the National Military Command Act of 2017 (NMCAA), and various Defense Department grants.
The NMCAA provides $2.6 billion for the NDG, which provides the military with the authority to fund certain military activities.
The $10M Google deal is part of a larger effort to help low-risk groups across the government, as part of an effort to make the NDGs more responsive to the needs of the community.
“Our aim is to use Google’s technology to help NCOs, those who have limited Internet access, navigate the increasingly hostile environment of the dark web,” Google said in the blog.
“As the US Government’s largest social media company, we want to be an active participant in the fight against crime and violence online.”
The NDGs mission is described as “comprehensive and integrated,” and Google says that its goal is to “work with the NDAs National Guard and private sector partners to ensure the NDOA is fully funded, timely, and sustainable.”
Google says the NDGS can “help ensure that every single person in the US is able to access and use social media and the internet.”