Monday, 24 September, 2018

Google Scientist Resigns Over Censored Search App for China

U.S. lawmakers ask Google if it will rejoin Chinese market Google Scientist Resigns Over Censored Search App for China
Sandy Mccarthy | 15 September, 2018, 23:57

Google, on the other hand, has declined to comment on the Poulson's departure from the company saying it was against the company's policy to comment on individual employees.

Seven Google employees have reportedly quit their jobs over the lack of accountability and transparency at the search giant over its controversial China search engine effort, code-named Project Dragonfly.

"The search system, code-named Dragonfly, was created to remove content that China's authoritarian government views as sensitive, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest".

A bipartisan group of 16 USA lawmakers asked Alphabet Inc's Google on Thursday if it would comply with China's internet censorship and surveillance policies should it re-enter the Chinese search engine market.

The pressure was ramped up this week after a bipartisan group of 16 United States lawmakers wrote a letter to Google, asking if the Alphabet owned firm would be complying with China's censorship and surveillance policies should it re-enter the Chinese market.

Google stopped doing business in China in 2010 in lieu of complying with the government's stringent censorship and surveillance laws, but The Intercept first reported last month that the company has considered reversing course, spurring a bipartisan group of six senators to raise similar questions in a letter of their own. It has also refused to engage with human rights groups regarding Dragonfly, ignored reporters' questions, and rebuffed USA senators.

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The letter from the human rights groups came just a few weeks after Google's own employees asked Pichai and senior leadership to explain what it was doing with the search project. The lawmakers said they were concerned about the alleged plan and are still waiting for a response from the Mountain View, California-based technology giant.

After the meeting with Huning, Google chose to open an artificial intelligence research centre in Beijing.

After the letter became public, Google held an internal meeting with its employees, where Pichai expressed that the company was "not close" to launching a search product and it was "very unclear" whether it would or could, according to CNBC.

It comes after a number of media reports earlier this month suggested Google was seeking to re-enter the Chinese market with an Android search app that would blacklist content deemed unacceptable by Chinese authorities. According to The Intercept, examples that will be censored include British broadcaster BBC and Wikipedia.

Google responded by issuing a set of principles that Pichai said would guide the company's use of AI. In 2006, Google had developed a censored version of the search engine.

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