Google tailoring a search engine for China

Google is embracing evil

Google is embracing evil

News website The Intercept first reported the story, saying the search app was being tailored for the Google-backed Android operating system for mobile devices.

The decision to relaunch the censored search engine is a significant move away from Google's previous policy of publicly rejecting censorship by the Chinese government.

"It will be a dark day for Internet freedom if Google has acquiesced to China's extreme censorship rules to gain market access", Patrick Poon, a China researcher for Amnesty, said in a statement.

The new app, which has already been demonstrated to the Chinese government and is pending approval, was designed in California, with the help from other global Google teams, the report notes.

China blocks a large amount of information from their citizens such as political information, certain elements of Chinese history and other free speech related topics. The company's flagship product previously operated in China from 2006 to 2010 before being pulled under a firestorm of criticism that Google was complicit in the country's vast censorship apparatus.

Google's foray into the Chinese market once more, this time complying with their Orwellian demands, sets a bad example for other internet companies. It's an Android app, and allegedly a finalized version has been shown to Chinese government officials.

Although China's internet penetration is just over 50 per cent, its sheer scale means that there are three times the number of smartphone users and 11 times the number of mobile payment users in China than in the U.S., according to the report.

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It has been hard for Google to make any cracks in the Great Firewall which stands rigidly in front of any internet traffic that the Chinese government doesn't like.

Depending on when the Chinese government approves the "toned down" Google, the app could launch anytime in the next 6-9 months.

The Google project, codenamed Dragonfly, has been in development since Spring of 2017, and was accelerated in December 2017, following a meeting between Google CEO Sundar Pichai and top Chinese government officials.

The news comes from a leak of confidential internal documents about the plans for a censored search engine which is code-named Dragonfly, . The (successful) refusal of Google staff to work for the United States military has proved that workers have a say in the company's future.

In early 2010, Google shut down its search engine in mainland China after rows over censorship and hacking. "I am a bit surprised but it's indicative of how much sway the China market now has". The ruling Communist Party led by President Xi Jinping frequently conducts widespread crackdowns on dissent, including targeting 300 human rights lawyers in 2015 and sending thousands of ethnic minorities to "re-education" centres in the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang, according to NGOs.

It came on Google's table in the spring of past year. The Intercept reported that such terms would be censored in the planned app.

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