"We are employees of Google. Google should discontinue Dragonfly". So begins the declaration of 187 employees of the technology giant, have called for this Tuesday that his company cancelled the project to develop a version of its search engine for China. The variant of the search engine (known as "dragonfly", "dragonfly" in English), which is in development, allows the State control over the queries, and you can censor results.
Four of every five signatories are the software engineers of the company, although claiming as a part of a community much larger: "We were among the thousands of employees who have raised the voice several months ago. Human rights organizations and investigative journalists have been sounding the alarm, have highlighted the serious problems in human rights and have asked repeatedly to Google to cancel the project", says the manifesto, reproduced by the digital Medium, which is in addition to a petition of the NGO Amnesty International.
"Our opposition to the Dragonfly, you do not have to do [specifically] with China: what I object to are the technologies that help the powerful to oppress the vulnerable, they are where they are," says the text. "The chinese Government, certainly, is not alone in its willingness to suppress freedom of expression or to use their surveillance to suppress dissent. Dragonfly could set a dangerous precedent in a time of political volatility. A precedent that would make Bahis Siteleri it harder for Google to refuse to concessions similar that will direct other countries", explains the text.
employees who sign are displayed disappointed with your company: "Many of us accept to work in Google because we had in mind their values regarding censorship and surveillance, and because we understood that the company put those values above the economic benefits. After a year of disappointments, as the Project is Maven [for the development of military technology in drones assisted by artificial intelligence, an initiative abandoned], Dragonfly and the protection of bullies, we think that that is not the case."
The company has suffered in recent messages to the onslaught of employees critical of the handling of cases of sexual abuse, following news of Andy Rubin, creator of the mobile operating system Android. Google had received complaints of harassment of the executive, but it's still dismissed with a compensation of $ 90 million and a message encomiándolo's chief executive, Larry Page.
The journal is The Intercept revealed last February that the company returned to its old project of a search engine for China after leaving it abandoned eight years ago. On that occasion, Google left it precisely by not submitting to the pressures from Beijing to monitor the searches of internet users in china. The published report revealed that, this time, the company is prepared to accept conditions of the chinese Government.