Freedom Of Internet: Google Plans Censored Version Of Search Engine In China!

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google is planning a censored version of its search engine for China that will block websites and certain search terms, The Intercept reported on Wednesday citing internal Google documents and people familiar with the plans. The project is a code named “Dragonfly” and has been underway since the spring of 2017, the news website said. Progress on the project picked up after a December meeting between Google’s Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and a top Chinese government official, it added. Search terms about human rights, democracy, religion and peaceful protests will be among the words blacklisted in the search engine app, which The Intercept said had already been demonstrated to the Chinese government.
 

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No big deal 🤩.  It's should be easy for Google. They have already been doing some similar "search results filtering" for some time now…

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Interest before the profession and freedom of choice. The Chinese Gov. told Google they were a dictatorship, and those search terms were against its philosophy. And, thus, Google becomes a conspirator in oppressing human rights, freedoms, and freedom of speech. So, sad.

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What a great way to develop a censorship plan for the west. I hope that someone will create a new search engine that can actually rival Google without the hints of totalitarian

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Amazing how profits turn out to be more important than principles... 

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750 million internet users. The Dragonfly project,  and Google China. 

Image result for google china

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At the end of the day, it's all about the money..

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Google is a private corporation.  Google exist to make money for the employees and shareholders.  The Chinese are very much into gold, they maybe the original capitalist.  Everybody that know who is in the oil business likes gold and dollars.  Google is going to make some money!!

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11 hours ago, ThunderBlade said:

What a great way to develop a censorship plan for the west. I hope that someone will create a new search engine that can actually rival Google without the hints of totalitarian

Try this

https://duckduckgo.com

DuckDuckGo is an Internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers' privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results. DuckDuckGo distinguishes itself from other search engines by not profiling its users and by deliberately showing all users the same search results for a given search term, and emphasizes returning the best results, rather than the most results, generating those results from over 400 individual sources, including crowdsourced sites such as Wikipedia, and other search engines like Bing, Yahoo!, and Yandex.More at Wikipedia

 

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12 hours ago, rainman said:

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google is planning a censored version of its search engine for China that will block websites and certain search terms, The Intercept reported on Wednesday citing internal Google documents and people familiar with the plans. The project is a code named “Dragonfly” and has been underway since the spring of 2017, the news website said. Progress on the project picked up after a December meeting between Google’s Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and a top Chinese government official, it added. Search terms about human rights, democracy, religion and peaceful protests will be among the words blacklisted in the search engine app, which The Intercept said had already been demonstrated to the Chinese government.
 

ridiculous. Google could always help them to erase all online references to Taiwan while they're at it.

vote with your dollar, folks! ( or advertising dollar...you know what i mean)

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Do you remember Google's "Don't be Evil" motto ?

It was in the preface of its code of conduct until may 2018 but has been removed and now only appearing at the very end of the code of conduct.

And now the Dragonfly project...

Strange coincidence.

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55 minutes ago, Guillaume Albasini said:

Do you remember Google's "Don't be Evil" motto ?

It was in the preface of its code of conduct until may 2018 but has been removed and now only appearing at the very end of the code of conduct.

And now the Dragonfly project...

Strange coincidence.

the original text:

'“Don’t be evil.” Googlers generally apply those words to how we serve our users. But “Don’t be evil” is much more than that. Yes, it’s about providing our users unbiased access to information, focusing on their needs and giving them the best products and services that we can. But it’s also about doing the right thing more generally – following the law, acting honorably, and treating co-workers with courtesy and respect.

The Google Code of Conduct is one of the ways we put “Don’t be evil” into practice. It’s built around the recognition that everything we do in connection with our work at Google will be, and should be, measured against the highest possible standards of ethical business conduct. We set the bar that high for practical as well as aspirational reasons: Our commitment to the highest standards helps us hire great people, build great products, and attract loyal users. Trust and mutual respect among employees and users are the foundation of our success, and they are something we need to earn every day.

So please do read the Code, and follow both its spirit and letter, always bearing in mind that each of us has a personal responsibility to incorporate, and to encourage other Googlers to incorporate, the principles of the Code into our work. And if you have a question or ever think that one of your fellow Googlers or the company as a whole may be falling short of our commitment, don’t be silent. We want – and need – to hear from you.:

oh well.... talk is cheap.

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