Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirms censored China search eng…


Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company”wanted to learn what it would look like if Google were in China

Despite the promising test results, Pichai said the company is still in very early stages of exploring the opportunity of re-releasing Google Search in China and there’s no decision yet if it will commit to the development of that product.

Though Pichai describes his company’s China plans as very preliminary, it is clear that backlash within and outside the company has been vocal and will only intensify in future, the report added.

“We wanted to learn what it would look like if Google were in China”, Pichai said.

The proposal has drawn criticism from employees and human rights advocates.

Appearing before members of the US Congress at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in September end, Google’s Chief Privacy Officer, Keith Enright confirmed that the China search project does exist, but did not disclose much. “Today people either get fake cancer treatments or they actually get useful information”, he said.

In any country that Google operates, it must balance its values – “providing users access to information, freedom of expression, and user privacy” – with obeying the local laws, he was quoted as saying by CNBC.

It is exactly that large number of users that is tempting Google to come back on the Chinese market, after it discontinued its search services back in 2010.

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“It’s not just a one-way street”.

Google CEO Sundar Pinchai has said a separate, censored version of its search engine for the Chinese market has undergone several successful internal tests. “So that’s what we built internally. If there is a way to sort of freeze some of it, so it can be brought off the shelf and quickly deployed while we are dripping it all out, and changing it, we should take the long-term view”.

In an August 31 letter to USA senators, Pichai wrote: “We hope to stay at the forefront of technology developments and believe that Google’s tools could help to facilitate an exchange of information and learning that would have broad benefits inside and outside China. We are thoughtfully considering a variety of options for how to offer services in China in a way that is consistent with our mission”.

Earlier this month, USA vice-President Mike Pence called for Google to immediately halt work on Dragonfly, saying in a speech that it would “strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers”.

President Donald Trump’s administration has also asked Google to shun the “Dragonfly” project.

The project was made public in August, when anxious Google employees took internal documents to the press.

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