In an open letter published on Tuesday morning, Google officials have asked their employer to cancel the codenamed Dragonfly project, which means a censoring version of the search engine for the Chinese market. In addition, officials asked the company not to respond to whistleblowers who would disclose details of secret internal projects if they were in the public interest.
Google is under pressure
Google described the research application, known as the Dragonfly Project, as an experiment that was not close to being released. But since details have leaked since August, current and former officials, human rights activists and US lawmakers have criticized Google for failing more severely by the Chinese government's policy of politically sensitive results being blocked. .
Human rights group Amnesty International also released a public comment on Tuesday urging Google to cancel Dragonfly. The organization said it would encourage Google employees to log in by targeting them on LinkedIn and demonstrating in front of Google's offices.
About 1,400 of Google's 10,000 employees have asked the company to improve monitoring of suspicious companies, including Dragonfly.
Google has long sought to strengthen its presence in China, the largest Internet market in the world. The company needs government authorization to compete with the country's top local Internet services.
Officials who signed the open letter on Tuesday said they had seen little progress and hoped that more colleagues would publicly support the cancellation of Dragonfly.
The letter expresses concern that the Chinese government is tracking dissidents with search data and erasing the truth through content restrictions.
A Google spokesman said the company did not comment again on the letter of employees, but recalled what the company had already said: We have been investing for many years to help Chinese users, from the development of Android through mobile apps such as Google Translate, as well as our development tools. But our research work was just an exploration and we do not intend to launch a research product in China.
Source: open letter, Reuters
Google is accused of failing to comply with the RGPD when tracking users, consumer protection groups from 7 countries file a complaint
Scammers change bank details on Google Maps to trick customers requesting online assistance
Chrome: Google is working on a feature to scroll tabs, to get rid of the current limitations of the interface
Europe: Google wants to play the transparency card for politically motivated advertising, to protect the elections of May 2019
Microsoft and Google are working on the door of Chrome in Windows 10 ARM, the lack of a native version damages the two banners