Date
24 September 2018
Google's reported effort to build a censored Chinese search engine is said to be raising concerns among some of the tech giant's employees. Photo: Reuters
Google's reported effort to build a censored Chinese search engine is said to be raising concerns among some of the tech giant's employees. Photo: Reuters

Google employees demand transparency on China search engine plan

Google’s plan to launch a censored search engine in China requires more “transparency, oversight and accountability,” hundreds of the US tech giant’s employees said in an internal petition, Reuters reports.

“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 Google employees were quoted as saying in the petition.

In a bid to re-enter the China market, Google is building a special search engine that would block websites and search terms deemed sensitive by Beijing, media reports said earlier this month.

Disclosure of the secretive effort has disturbed some Google employees and human rights advocacy organizations.

They are concerned that by agreeing to censorship demands, Google would validate China’s prohibitions on free expression and violate the “don’t be evil” clause in the company’s code of conduct.

Company executives have not commented publicly on the China project, code named Dragonfly. But they are expected to face questions on the issue during a weekly employee town hall discussion, Reuters cited a source as saying.

The New York Times first reported the petition on Thursday.

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