As a limited liability, billion dollar company, Google has been known to take part in various different projects. They recently launched Project Stream, their official entry into cloud gaming. Not only this, their search engine goes on to grow every single day.
Their recent project, a search engine, met various backlashes. The project, nicknamed as Project Dragonfly happens to be a censored browser for the Chinese Market. Although this news wasn’t advertised openly, after leaked reports, about 1000-1400 employees raised their voices for the privacy breach that his entailed. Recently though, the issue has been raised by quite a bit of traction received by different employees and other representatives, calling Google out for their activities.
To start off with the background of the project, perhaps it has been coming along for a while with a group of developers working on it. One of their key members, Yonatan Zunger, left the company recently and mentioned that he had been a part of the project. He mentioned that he was one of the few people working on a personalized web search engine that would filter out results and restrict search results from the users. In today’s world, because of the recent Wikileaks incidents and even the Panama Papers release, a demand for information transparency has risen. Considering this then, it seems completely out of the line.
It was because of their actions and the apparent shutting out of privacy and shutting teams that Google attracted more voices to be raised. Many employees have since then left the company, claiming that this happens to be an unethical act. So much so that a strike fund was organized as to cater for the employee’s expenses during it. It was not long before over a hundred thousand dollars were raised. Other funds, giving power to the employees and what they hold in their hands as workers at the firm, are orchestrated too to stop Google’s invasive actions with this project.
Verdict (for now)
Perhaps it is a good step by the employees to put a stop this monstrous project that the Chinese and Google are conjuring together. While some may argue that this has been the case with the Chinese government long before this. They have separate platforms for all mainstream services, be it Alibaba instead of Amazon, WeChat instead of WhatsApp. Still, this remains out of the question that everyone’s search, privacy would be compromised like this. With their search history. It is not just a breach of privacy but plain old spying. In light of recent event, this has been so apparent that even Google would be forced to pull the words that they “may or may not” launch it. This, however, does not mean what they say it means. It is simply a professional and politically correct way of face-saving advised by the PR people for the Technology Giant.