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NEW: Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users’ searches to their phone numbers, making it easier for Chinese authorities to monitor people’s queries:… #Dragonfly
Google compiled a censorship blacklist for the search engine that included terms such as “human rights,” “student protest,” & “Nobel Prize” in Mandarin, according to information newly obtained by @theintercept.
The search platform also appeared to have been tailored to replace weather & air pollution data with info provided by an unnamed source in Beijing. The Chinese government has a record of manipulating details about pollution in the country’s cities.
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NEW: Google executives misled staff in a meeting Thursday on the company's China censorship plans. Here's 13 questions they've been dodging & must answer. #Dragonfly…
Google CEO Sundar Pichai claimed in the meeting that Dragonfly was an “exploratory” project -- which contradicts information contained in internal Google documents & statements made by senior Google officials on the project, seen by The Intercept.
As recently as last month, Google’s search engine chief Ben Gomes told Google staff who were working on Dragonfly that they should have it ready to be “brought off the shelf and quickly deployed.”
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NEW: Google Staff Tell Bosses China Censorship is “Moral and Ethical” Crisis:…
Google employees have circulated a letter that condemns the Dragonfly project & criticises the secrecy around it. "We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table, & a commitment to clear and open processes: Google employees need to know what we’re building," they write.
The employees are demanding that Google leadership begin an ethics review that includes rank & file employee reps, an ombudsperson to oversee the process, more transparency across the company, & “ethical test cases” assessing the China censorship plans.
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NEW: Inside Google’s effort to develop a censorship system in China:… #Dragonfly
According to confidential documents, Google analysed search terms entered into a Beijing-based website to help develop blacklists for the censored search engine it has been planning to launch in China.
As part of the censorship project - code-named Dragonfly - Google sampled search queries from, a Chinese-language web directory service.
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Revealed: Google is planning to launch a censored search engine in China that will blacklist websites & search terms about human rights, democracy, political opposition, academic studies, religion, & peaceful protest:…
The confidential project - code-named "Dragonfly" - has been underway for more than a year. It's a dramatic shift in Google's policy on China nearly a decade after the internet giant pulled its search engine out of the country, citing concerns about "forces of totalitarianism."
A source familiar w/ the plans is raising concerns about the censored search platform, saying Google is "collaborating in the oppression of [China's] people." Amnesty International has condenmed the project, calling it "a big disaster for the information age."
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