More than 1000 Google workers protest censored China search

Google employees organize against censored search service for China | TheHill

Google employees organize against censored search service for China | TheHill

However, eventually Google pulled out of China completely in 2010 after several large-scale attacks on the company purportedly by the Chinese government.

Following similar action against secretive AI drone imaging program for the U.S. military, Project Maven, Googlers are once again organising internally to push back against their leadership - this time around a project dubbed Dragonfly, the proposed search product the company intends to build for the Chinese market in accordance with government-mandated censorship.

Hundreds of employees have called on the company to provide more "transparency, oversight and accountability", according to an internal petition seen by Reuters on Thursday. It calls on executives to review the company's ethics and transparency; says employees lack the information required "to make ethically informed decisions about our work"; and complains that most employees only found out through media reports about the project, nicknamed Dragonfly.

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Google's plans to re-enter China with a search engine are at an "exploratory" stage, Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai has said, as he tried to soothe anger among employees. They are concerned that by agreeing to censorship demands, Google would validate China's prohibitions on free expression and violate the "don't be evil" clause in the company's code of conduct.

Codenamed "Dragonfly", Google's experimental search engine has apparently been under development since 2017.

Although Google may be working on a Chinese search engine, it's not yet clear if officials in Beijing would accept it. Indeed, the firm has never spoken publicly about the project, and for the time being is declining to comment.

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Meanwhile, putting to rest the rumours of Google rolling out a customised version of its popular search engine service in China, CEO Sundar Pichai clarified that the company is not close to launching a search product. It has been actively seeking a way back into the country ever since.

Two sources who were privy to what occurred in Thursday's meeting told Business Insider that Pichai only briefly addressed - and not in any detailed way - the big question on the minds of many at the company: Why is Google considering a return to China? "Amid growing fears of biased and weaponised AI, Google is already struggling to keep the public's trust", the signatories wrote, adding: "We believe that Google should not be in the business of war".

The same rationale led Google to enter China in 2006.

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"Then the Chinese government can say, 'Google is OK with it too, '" he said.

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