Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Google workers nix China search engine

Google workers nix China search engine

The Times first earlier Thursday that hundreds of employees had signed a letter raising concerns with after they learned through media coverage that the company planned to launch a new project, code-named "Dragonfly", offering search engine services to in compliance with the government's stringent censorship and surveillance requirements.

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More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company's secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship.

Employees have demanded that the company be more transparent about its decisions, and the letter also calls the project's ethics into question. This, along with all the censorship laws, forced Google to withdraw from China after 4 years of existence.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin at the same staff meeting said the search giant would not compromise its principles. And now, it wants to just the opposite with this secret search engine project.

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"Currently we do not have the information required to make ethically-informed decisions about our work, our projects, and our employment", they say in the letter, according to the Times.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google CEO Sundar Pichai held a meeting yesterday to address these concerns.

Earlier this year company employees also protested Google's work with the USA military, known as Project Maven, a controversial program that uses artificial intelligence to improve drone targeting.

"It's quite ridiculous that in the 21st century one of the most powerful countries in the world denies its citizens access to common knowledge", one user wrote. I genuinely do believe we have a positive impact when we engage around the world and I don't see any reason why that would be different in China.

At the same time, he sought to downplay the revelation, saying the company was not "close" to rolling out the product and that Google's expansion in China was "slow-going and complicated".

Google was forced to backtrack, nominally canceling the "Project Maven" program and adopting a set of ethical guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence. "If Google cares about its reputation (at the very least) then it should definitely reconsider project Dragonfly".

Well, where is the ethics in this project that Google might be undertaking.

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