Project Dragonfly is the internal codename for Google’s initiative to build a new search engine for the Chinese market that would comply with Beijing’s strict rules on censorship.
Amnesty International, an organization that fights against abuses of human rights worldwide has launched a global petition calling on Google CEO Sundar Pichai to drop the project. You can sign the petition here.
Soon after the petition went live, the open letter signed by eleven Google employees was posted online. It got a lot of attention, and the number of signatures quickly grew.
“We are Google employees. Google must drop Dragonfly.”
The letter reads, “Many of us accepted employment at Google with the company’s values in mind, including its previous position on Chinese censorship and surveillance, and an understanding that Google was a company willing to place its values above its profits. After a year of disappointments including Project Maven, Dragonfly, and Google’s support for abusers, we no longer believe this is the case. This is why we’re taking a stand.”
Google originally withdrew its services from China back in 2010 citing concerns about sophisticated cyber attack. And now, Google’s re-entry into the China market with the search engine has turned a lot of heads as it implies that Google is putting profits over its values, something which is highlighted in the public letter.
The number of signatures seems to be growing in numbers, and you can follow all the developments in the actions against Project Dragonfly here.