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Google employees demand transparency over Google China search engine

Hundreds of Google employees have submitted a letter to its management demanding 'more transparency and a commitment to clear and open processes' among other things with respect to Google's Dragonfly project. Dragonfly will reportedly bring a censored version of the search engine to China. The search company refused to comment on the project and/or the employee letter. The letter, circulating internally, is signed by 1,400 Google employees who have "ethical and moral concerns" with Google's willingness to censor content and abide by China's stringent censorship laws. Employees have written that they don't have information required "to make ethically-informed decisions about our work, our projects, and our employment.” Google's plan to re-enter China became public two weeks ago when it was reported that the company has been developing a mobile search app which would abide by China's censorship laws. Work on the project, code-named Dragonfly, has been ongoing secretly since 2017, raising concerns among employees that they have been unknowingly contributing to a project which will withhold information from the Chinese people. “We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table, and a commitment to clear and open processes: Google employees need to know what we’re building,” the letter said. Meanwhile, at this week's staff meeting at Google, the company's leadership answered a few questions about the project Dragonfly. But they shut down the topic when they realized that some employees were leaking their comments to reporters. Google CEO Sundar Pichai had said in the meeting that the project is in early…

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