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More than 600 Google employees require an end to Project Dragonfly

Photo: Virginia Mayo (AP) Google Project Dragonfly, the controversial project for a censored search product for China, has given two…

Photo: Virginia Mayo (AP)

Google Project Dragonfly, the controversial project for a censored search product for China, has given two separate letters from the company’s employees who argue either for or against the project. As of Friday, a letter as opposed to the project had collected more than 600 signatures, obliterating the reported figure in a separate letter defending Dragonfly.

Verge announced Thursday morning that the open letter urges Google to kill the project had collected more than 400 names, but that figure quickly increased more than 200 signatures in the evening. On the other hand, an internal letter in favor of the project as TechCrunch had received 500 signatures at the time it was reported on Wednesday, even though it had been “in circulation for a number of weeks”.

Employees who disputed the project in letters added to Medium earlier this week adapted to human rights that raised concerns about the project’s censorship and monitoring as well as potential consequences of its adoption.

“Our resistance to Dragonfly is not about China: we protest against technology it helps the powerful to suppress the vulnerable, wherever they are,” said Google employees. “The Chinese government is not alone in its readiness to choke freedom of expression and to use monitoring to suppress deviation. Dragonfly in China would create a dangerous precedent in a fleeting political moment, one that would make it more difficult for Google to deny other countries similar concessions. “

In addition to their point, the intercept reported Thursday that Google excludes privacy and security laws from engagement in the project, with former Google security engineer Yonatan Zunger who said that one of the project’s key figures Scott Beaumont” did not feel security, integrity and legal Groups should be able to question their product decisions and maintain an open contradiction to them &#821

1; quite outside of Google’s norm. “Beaumont is the head of the company’s business in China. By the intercept:

Google’s leadership felt that Dragonfly was so sensitive that they would often communicate only verbally about it and would not write written notes during high-level meetings to reduce paper traces, said two Only a few hundred of Google’s 88,000 employees were informed of the censorship plan. Some engineers and other staff informed about the project were told they were at risk of losing their jobs if they dared discuss it with colleagues who did not work with Dragonfly.

” They [leadership] were determined to prevent leakage of Dragonfly from spreading through the company, “said a current Google employee with knowledge about the project.” Their biggest fear was that the internal opposition would slow down our business. “

In the wake of the interception report, Google Engineer Liz Fong-Jones demanded a mass exit if the project was to get green coated without monitoring Google’s privacy and security laws. Fong-Jones was matching $ 100,000 for potential strike or punching agents. Over a period of hours, Fong Jones increased more than $ 200,000 [The Verge]

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