Google CEO says internal tests of Chinese search engine promising

Ruben Fields
October 18, 2018

Google is finally going on the record with its once-secret Project Dragonfly, a censorship-friendly search engine for the people of China.

Google had a search engine in China from 2006 to 2010.

For readers who missed the damning series of leaks sketching out the scope of the project, "Dragonfly" is meant to be a censored search engine that would block results for queries that the Chinese government considered sensitive, like the Mandarin phrases for "human rights" and "student protest". Google tried to suppress an internal memo written by an employee that detailed how some aspects of the service would work. They are Google's first comments on its China projects since Pichai spoke in September at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing. Google chose to focus on how users would be free to search what they want and might merely have their results restricted.

The project, code-named Dragonfly, is not only real but is already performing to the satisfaction of top Google executives. There are many areas where we can provide better information than what is available now. Google's conceivable come back to China - a market it relinquished over restriction concerns - was first spilled in August. If China opens up to the global Internet market, its large population will become potential consumers of companies that are beginning to see their user base stagnating. Until now, everything we knew about Google's project for the Chinese market came from rumors and leaks and triggered controversies between the USA government and the company.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who also spoke at the event, didn't get caught up in Amazon's petty politics however.

Google has been providing its browsing services and affiliated applications across the world, but, surprisingly, Google has not occupied the Chinese Market as of yet.

Project Dragonfly inspired several Google employees to leave the company, either due to the nature of the project itself or the lack of transparency around it from upper management. In June, Google declined to renew a contract with the Pentagon after employees and outside groups said they were concerned about the use of artificial intelligence in weaponry.

"But we also follow the rule of law in every country", hinting at censoring search queries that the Chinese government deems harmful to its citizens. Last night, Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirmed months of rumors in a presentation hosted by Wired Magazine last night. "I was compelled to resign my position on August 31, 2018, in the wake of a pattern of unethical and unaccountable decision making from company leadership", Poulson wrote in his letter of resignation.

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