Google’s internal project to bring censored search back to China, Dragonfly, was kept secret until revealed by The Intercept. Internal dissent, objections from senators and the vice president, and worldwide protests followed. Ryan Gallagher reports.
Google normally assesses performance through open peer review. But it is evaluating its censored search team behind closed doors.
A group of employees said Google made hundreds of changes to smartphone apps for the controversial project, thought to be defunct.
Investors, human rights advocates, and staffers continue to criticize Google for a project to bring censored search back to China.
Google reassigned several groups of engineers away from a planned censored search engine after a rift over its use of real internet queries in China for testing.
Sundar Pichai told the House Judiciary Committee that Google has “no plans to launch a search service in China.”