Over 1,000 Google workers protest censored China search

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"We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table and a commitment to clear and open processes: Google employees need to know what we're building", states the document seen by Reuters. This is clearly against Google's ethics, and therefore, employees have signed a petition questioning the company's methods and asking it to be more transparent about the project.

A section of the letter obtained by online tech publication Gizmodo - the emphasis is from the employees.

"The team has been in an exploration stage for quite a while now, and I think they are exploring many options", Pichai said during an internal meeting.

Google executives have admitted that they are considering the possibility of relaunching their search engine in China after an nearly decade-long absence from the country.

With the secret project, Google employees are reportedly anxious that they might unknowingly be working on technology that could help China hide information from its people.

At an internal meeting on Thursday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai expressed interest in continuing to expand the company's services in China, but told employees that the company was "not close" to launching a search product there and that whether it would - or could - "is all very unclear".

It is not the first time Google employees have spoken out against the company's decisions.

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The ultimate outcome of Google's efforts to create a censored search engine in China may well rest on high-level state negotiations. It would also "blacklist sensitive queries" so no results are shown when a person looks for a specific word or phrase, The Intercept added.

In April 2017, Google responded to intensifying pressure from the U.S. political establishment and intelligence agencies by implementing a censorship system in the United States targeting principally left-wing, anti-war and socialist organizations.

Meanwhile, Pichai has made repeated trips to China to discuss the project with some of the country's top Communist leaders.

The employees were not given details about the project and they are now angry after a report leaked about Google working on such a project. Earlier this year, employees protested against Google's involvement in an AI project to improve weapons for the Pentagon.

Earlier this year, Google employees staged a similar protest when it was announced the company was working with the US Department of Defense to develop artificial intelligence capabilities for drones. About 1.4K employees have signed the petition.

Well, where is the ethics in this project that Google might be undertaking.

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