A coalition of human rights groups organized Friday protests in 10 different countries against Google's plan to set up a censored Chinese search engine that would allow authorities to filter certain words and phrases Associate phone numbers with queries.
The search engine designed by Google, named Dragonfly, has been the subject of a strong reaction from the White House, human rights defenders and even own employees of Google. The project had "actually come to an end" after members of the tech giant's privacy team voiced their concerns, The Intercept reported in August. Nevertheless, Google CEO Sundar Pichai did not categorically exclude his launch in the communist country during his testimony before the Congress in December.
On Friday, protesters held placards in front of Google offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Sweden, Switzerland and Denmark, according to The Intercept . The coalition has created a website encouraging users to push Mountain View, California, to cancel any potential Chinese search engine. They can also sign a petition against Dragonfly.
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Gloria Montgomery, director of Tibet Society UK, told The Intercept that Google "should connect the world by sharing information, not repressive measures to violate human rights by repressive government, "said Gloria Montgomery, director of Tibet Society UK.
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Tuesday, a group of investors representing about $ 700 billion of assets was asked to appeal to Google and other companies in the technology sector to "respect the right of users to the confidentiality and freedom of expression ".
In January, Liz Fong-Jones, Google engineer, Dragonfly critic, resigned technology giant citing a "lack of responsibility and supervision" within the firm.
In addition to the dissent of at least 1,000 employees on the Internet, Google has been criticized by several human rights groups, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders.
The tech giant recently announced in an article on his blog that he would institute a new ethics training for employees and would form a group of external experts to evaluate new projects and products. Nevertheless, some Google employees have challenged the new process.
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"It's superficial," said The Intercept a current Google engineer. "We still need more accountability, transparency and a place at the table to make the big decisions – otherwise nothing will stop projects like Dragonfly from coming to fruition in the future."
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