Google has been working on an app to bring its censored search engine back to mainland China, in a move that would allow the U.S. technology company to reach the 772m internet users in China who can not now use its services.
TAKING A STAND. Apparently, Google employees were not happy to hear about Dragonfly.
The employees are demanding more transparency so they can understand the moral implications of their work, said the Times, which obtained a copy of the letter.
Google did not immediately respond to comment. "Right now we don't", reads a copy of the letter posted on the website of The Times. The letter also demands that rank-and-file workers be part of the review structure. "Google employees need to know what we're building".
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The source was further quoted as saying, "Everything is very secretive but guests are expected to head there starting tomorrow". If that is the engagement ring, we can tell you that it is probably from Tiffany's .
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A lot has happened to get Google to this point. The act of censoring is considered by some to be a human-rights violation.
Popular Google services including search, YouTube and Gmail have been banned in China for years.
The former employees said they doubt the Chinese government will welcome back Google.
Kate Conger, a New York Times reporter, posted to Twitter what she said were comments made during the meeting by Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Sergey Brin, one of the company's cofounders. After Google said it would not renew its contract with the Pentagon, it unveiled a series of ethical principles governing its use of AI.
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Meanwhile, at this week's staff meeting at Google, the company's leadership answered a few questions about the project Dragonfly.
Before the staff meeting, employees called for more "transparency, oversight and accountability" - according to an internal petition. Pichai responded by releasing a set of principles created to govern the company's future decisions on AI. One Google employee who had stood to ask a question suddenly addressed whoever was surreptitiously leaking information.
Below is a transcription of the letter. The project, known internally as Dragonfly, was developed largely in secret, prompting outrage among employees who anxious they had been unwittingly working on technology that would help China withhold information from its citizens. Dragonfly will reportedly bring a censored version of the search engine to China.
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"Our industry has entered a new era of ethical responsibility: the choices we make matter on a global scale", they write in the letter.
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