GOOGLE HAS REPORTEDLY scrapped plans for a censored Chinese search engine, following evidence that people have all the feels about it, and not in a good way. It was known as project Dragonfly, and its employees were not happy about creating this search engine, and they felt that it raised a lot of ethical concerns. Following a series of discussions, two sources said, Google engineers were told that they were no longer permitted to continue using the 265.com data to help develop Dragonfly, which has since had severe consequences for the project.
The site www.265.com is a Chinese-dialect web catalog benefit which Google purchased in 2008 from a very rich person Chinese business visionary.
The complaints stemmed from the revelation that part of the new search engine's development team had been harvesting query data from 265.com.
According to the new report, that website was closed down shortly, and the remaining Dragonfly team is facing a lot of problem in going ahead with the project without the main data source.
Last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told the House Judiciary committee that the company now had "no plans" to launch its censored search engine in China, leaving the possibility open for the future. According to insiders, the privacy team was "really pissed".
It also includes forbidding of linking to "dangerous" websites such as BBC.com, Wikipedia, and even Google's own YouTube.
Google closes data collection system that develops search project "Dragonfly".
Google's reported shutdown of Dragonfly follows an open letter signed by 200 of Alphabet Inc.'s engineers encouraging the company to do so. Google had around "several hundred" employees working on Dragonfly at one point, where it was blocking out broad categories that would be censored under Chinese law.
Under normal company protocol, analysis of people's search queries is subject to tight constraints and should be reviewed by the company's privacy staff, whose job is to safeguard user rights.
Mr Poulson was a senior research scientist at Google until he resigned in July 2018 in protest at the Dragonfly proposals.
He said: 'Right now there are no plans for us to launch a search product in China. A senior Google researcher, Jack Poulson, resigned in protest at the project in September. Back in November, reports surfaced that privacy and security employees that were working on Dragonfly were shut out of meetings.
"Right now, we have no plans to launch [a search product] in China", Pichai said in response to a question from a lawmaker, adding that "getting access to information is an important human right".