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Google Must Ditch Criticized “Dragonfly” China Search Engine Plans

Google Must Ditch Criticized “Dragonfly” China Search Engine PlansGoogle must ditch its development of a criticized search engine for the 2nd biggest economy of the world, China, as demanded by dozens of NGOs. And they also cautioned that private information would not be secure from Beijing system. A global alliance of 60 media and human rights groups puts in writing to Sundar Pichai, the Google chief executive, advising him to crumb the “Dragonfly” project—that has already flickered resistance from the company’s own staff.

In October, Pichai accepted publicly for the foremost instance that the firm is mulling over a Chinese search engine, stating it can provide “better data” than competitor services. However, the Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a participant to the letter, stated Pichai must consider it again.

Director of East Asia Office of RSF, Cedric Alviani, said, “Apart from being completely unclear and divergent to the principles that Google depends on, the Dragonfly project provides no assurance of data privacy. Beijing gathers huge quantities of private information for purposes of surveillance and censorship, comprising against journalists as well as their resources.”

RSF stated China positioned 176 out of 180 nations in its Freedom of the Press Index. Its search engine was shut down by Google in 2010 in China, declining the requirement of Beijing to repress search results. The Google chief executive has depicted Dragonfly as an attempt to understand what Google could provide if it restarted its search operations in China. However, resistance to the plans is increasing.

On the other end, Russia has penalized Google for not banning sites from popping up in search results that were listed to be extremist. Critics have blamed Russian authorities of making use of such bans to quiet rivals. The communications watchdog of Russia declared that Google had been penalized $7,530 (RUB 500,000) for failing to chunk blacklisted pages under a regulation that came into implementation in September.

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