Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google employees demand more oversight of China search engine plan:The Asahi Shimbun

Google employees demand more oversight of China search engine plan:The Asahi Shimbun

But Pichai's characterization of Dragonfly as an "exploratory" project is contrary to internal Google documents and statements by senior Google officials.

Employee anger flared with a report this month in The Intercept that Google is secretly building a search engine that will filter content banned in China and thus meet Beijing's tough censorship rules.

The revelation has stunned many people, including the majority of Google's 88,000 employees.

Rumors have been swirling that Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is working on a search engine for China, but a new report indicates the brakes should be tapped on those expectations.

But the search engine giant's growing capabilities has it feeling lucky too.

After the severe criticism, Google ended the Artificial Intelligence contract with the Pentagon.

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Google employees are upset with the company's secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship, and a letter signed by more than a thousand of them calls on executives to review ethics and transparency at the company.

We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table, and a commitment to clear and open processes: Google employees need to know what we're building.
How will Google safeguard its Chinese users' data from the Communist Party regime, which routinely targets people - including human rights activists and journalists - who express criticism of its orthodoxies?

When you type a query into Google's search engine, there's the Search button, which leads you to a snippet of information and various link suggestions, as well as a more playful option ("I'm feeling lucky"), a click that will send the user directly to a webpage of Google's choosing. And now, it wants to just the opposite with this secret search engine project. Only about several hundred of them were aware of the project, the report stated.

In audio recording of a meeting with employees obtained by The New York Times, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company was "not close to launching a search product in China".

The petition raises issues regarding morals and ethics, and states that the employees do not have the information needed to make the right decisions about their work, projects, and employment.

Google now believes the issue of online censorship has become more nuanced globally, with some of the world's biggest democracies showing elements of censorship in their Internet regulations. I think if we were to do our mission well, I think we have to think seriously about how we do more in China. Earlier this year, employees protested against Google's involvement in an AI project to improve weapons for the Pentagon. "If Google cares about its reputation (at the very least) then it should definitely reconsider project Dragonfly".

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