Seven employees left their job at Google in protest against the company's project, known as "Project Dragonfly." The project was designed to eradicate content that China's government considers sensitive. (1
After over two years of work in Google, senior Google researcher Jack Poulson has terminated the company in rebel against Project Dragonfly.
Poulson, who started working for a company in May 2016, revealed that he raised his interests to Google's higher-ups after news about those who collapsed worked on a censored version of the search engine in China spread like fire extinguish. Dubbed Dragonfly, the search system was aimed at cutting off content that China's government believes is sensitive, including information on democracy, freedom of expression and human rights.
After a thorough discussion with his bosses, Poulson came to a decision in mid August that he could no longer continue working for Google, and said that Dragonfly was a loss of everyone's public human rights commitment. Poulson's last day at the company was August 31st.
"I see our intention to surrender to censorship and monitoring requirements in exchange for access to the Chinese market as a loss of our values and state-of-the-art negotiating position worldwide. It is an all-in-one opportunity for others Nations will try to exploit our actions in China to demand that we comply with their security requirements, "Poulson wrote on his resignation letter
. Before working for Google, Poulson had previously served as Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics at Stanford University. Other than Poulson, BuzzFeed reports that six other employees quit their work at Google, and mention a lack of business awareness as a reason.
"It's our policy not to comment on individual employees," said a Google spokesperson when asked about a comment about Poulson's resignation.
Google remains close
It has been six weeks since Dragonfly has been revealed to the public, but Google has not yet addressed concerns about the project. Only this month was Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, a no-show at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, where he had been questioned about the China case.
Reports say that only a few hundred of the company's 88,000 employees had knowledge of Dragonfly before it was clearly revealed. Since then, more than 1400 employees have written a letter in protest for Google's censorship plans.
In a related note, Google also launched a censored search engine in China in 2006, but ceased its operation in the country. in 2010 after the Chinese government has blocked websites, hacked people's Gmail accounts and limited speech freedom. Other than Dragonfly, employees understood that Google worked closely with the Pentagon to create an artificial intelligent drone warfare technology in March.
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