One last piece in today’s Dragonfly trifecta, this one from Carolin O’Donovan for BuzzFeed:
Google employees are demanding greater transparency from their
employer and confronting management with their ethical concerns
about a project named Dragonfly, a controversial censored search
app for the Chinese market.
Employees are circulating a list of demands for the company in a
letter obtained by BuzzFeed News (posted in full, below), calling
for an ethics review structure with rank-and-file employee
representatives, the appointment of ombudspeople, and an ethical
assessment of Google projects including Dragonfly and Maven,
Google’s contract with the Pentagon to build AI-assisted drone
“Many of us believe that Dragonfly poses a threat to freedom of
expression and political dissent globally, and violates our AI
principles,” two employees wrote in an email distributing the
I do see their point: Google’s current stance on China does give the company a certain moral high ground which they would cede if they go forward with Dragonfly. But as with Apple and the App Store in China, I ask this: if you lived in China, would you rather have access to a censored Google web search, or no access to Google search at all? I would prefer to have the censored Google search.