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Google Employees Protest Secret Work on Censored Search Engine for China

Google Employees Protest Secret Work on Censored Search Engine for China

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  • As the US and China develop new technologies with competing values and standards in coming years, citizens and governments around the world will face tough questions: Which model should I choose? And should I rely on my interests or my values to make that choice? Google employees are among the first to feel the pull.

  • The China effort and secrecy looks like a pretty clear cut reversal of the company’s mission “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful." The employees are right to challenge it. I would assume that the board approved this, if not they should review Pichai’s leadership

    The China effort and secrecy looks like a pretty clear cut reversal of the company’s mission “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful." The employees are right to challenge it. I would assume that the board approved this, if not they should review Pichai’s leadership. Can democracy resist authoritarian revenue? Not if companies act like this.

  • Google employees are now saying what many people outside the company have been saying for weeks: be transparent about your work in China—and publicly discuss whether or not you can ethically launch a censored search engine.

  • When the news about Google entering China several weeks ago broke, I was quick to react with distress. I felt that any company, especially "for the good of mankind" tech companies have, a responsibility not to do business with authoritarian governments or aid their domination of citizens. Let's not forget

    When the news about Google entering China several weeks ago broke, I was quick to react with distress. I felt that any company, especially "for the good of mankind" tech companies have, a responsibility not to do business with authoritarian governments or aid their domination of citizens. Let's not forget, this was the very reason Google left China in the first place.

    Since then, I've thought about the situation (thanks to some of your smart comments!). I would like to believe there is also the possibility that Google could do good in China both for their shareholders and for the citizens. No influence can be exerted if there is no dialogue. Google could actually act as a counterweight to the more authoritarian aspects of Xi's government and apply pressures in a way that Baidu never could.

    And the Googlers? Employees seem to want an explanation first and foremost. Not necessarily objecting to the project, but the secrecy in which it was conducted.

  • Various political issues are expected to be entangled in this matter... Nonetheless, this 'event' will be a giant leap for Chinese people although it might be a small step for Google... #AI #China #BigData

  • Lots of companies in America censor what websites you can visit at work. You also give up a lot of your civil rights when you walk through the door starting with what time you have to be there, when you can go to lunch and what you can wear. And just like people get use to being treated like that at

    Lots of companies in America censor what websites you can visit at work. You also give up a lot of your civil rights when you walk through the door starting with what time you have to be there, when you can go to lunch and what you can wear. And just like people get use to being treated like that at work in the U.S., go spend a week in China and you realize most people get use to it and don’t think it’s a big deal.

  • People tend to “own” what they co-create. A few months ago a bunch of Google employees quit over their military drone project. I didn’t know about the Google reader resignations but it sounds like their employees are at least mindful of the reality of what their projects are and represent.

  • “Don’t be evil”, “do the right thing” ; more like “do as I say, not as I do”. Google should practice what they preach.

  • I hate to burst anyone’s bubble but Google is a company that exists to make a profit for its owners. It is not a democracy. It is not a voice for the collective conscience of its employees. Its employees are paid for their time to perform a task not for their opinion on social issues. Google will make

    I hate to burst anyone’s bubble but Google is a company that exists to make a profit for its owners. It is not a democracy. It is not a voice for the collective conscience of its employees. Its employees are paid for their time to perform a task not for their opinion on social issues. Google will make the products their customers are willing to pay for. If you’re morally outraged by the work your employer is engaged in, quit and go work elsewhere. It’s not complicated.

  • Google claims to need access to my Android phone information just to download their calculator app. Why?! Google can stick their collective evil noses where the sun don't shine...