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Big data analytics outfit Splunk will no longer be big in Russia after the company confirmed plans to stop selling its wares there.
Reflecting what Splunk referred to as "shifting priorities", neither it nor its resellers will be flinging software or services to organisations in Russia. Existing customers will keep getting support, but once those contracts run out, it's "do svidaniya, comrade".
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The announcement was light on detail regarding the thinking behind the decision, saying only that the company was focusing on the greatest return on investment for the business. Just like the vast majority of companies that continue to do business with Russia.
Splunk's senior veep for global affairs, Lenny Stein, spoke at techUK's Data Ethics Summit in 2018, and the company reckoned data ethics are fundamental. "We are calling for more data literacy and responsible AI development," he said. "However, we are also proposing that organisations establish ethical practices as the norm."
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