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.
I worked as a research scientist at Google when Dragonfly was revealed and resigned in protest after a month of internally fighting for clarification.
Google executives ignored internal warnings about their censored China search plan and threatened that employees would be fired if they spoke out.
Joining a day of protest led by Amnesty International, the workers have gone public with a letter rebuking their bosses.
The campaign will include demonstrations outside Google offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and Spain.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai refused to answer a list of questions from a bipartisan group of six senators.