The Intercept: Google Shut Out Privacy And Security Teams From Secret China Project

The Intercept: Google Shut Out Privacy And Security Teams From Secret China Project. “Google’s leadership considered Dragonfly so sensitive that they would often communicate only verbally about it and would not take written notes during high-level meetings to reduce the paper trail, two sources said. Only a few hundred of Google’s 88,000 workforce were briefed about the censorship plan. Some engineers and other staff who were informed about the project were told that they risked losing their jobs if they dared to discuss it with colleagues who were themselves not working on Dragonfly.”

CNET: A Chinese translation app is censoring politically sensitive terms, report says

CNET: A Chinese translation app is censoring politically sensitive terms, report says . “More Chinese tech firms are erring on the side of caution when it comes to policing content on their platforms. iFlytek, a voice recognition technology provider in China, has begun censoring politically sensitive terms from its translation app, South China Morning Post reported citing a tweet by Jane Manchun Wong.”

Ars Technica: Google employees demand that Google stop work on censored Chinese search

Ars Technica: Google employees demand that Google stop work on censored Chinese search. “Dozens of Google employees have signed on to an open letter demanding that Google stop work on Project Dragonfly, a censored version of Google’s search engine that could be deployed in mainland China.”

Global Voices AdVox: How will Google plug into China’s all-encompassing internet censorship regime?

Global Voices AdVox: How will Google plug into China’s all-encompassing internet censorship regime?. “The secret is out — Google is building a search engine for China. After deflecting questions from reporters for months, CEO Sundar Pichai acknowledged in October Google’s plan to build a mobile app that will serve Chinese users — and thus comply with Chinese government censorship mandates. But big questions remain.”

The Verge: How an Instagram conversation led to a firestorm in China

The Verge: How an Instagram conversation led to a firestorm in China. “Racist Instagram exchanges have gone viral in China, despite the platform being blocked. A Dolce & Gabbana fashion show has been apparently canceled in China as hordes of online users accuse the brand of racism. First denounced by famous actors including Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), the brand pulled its Shanghai fashion show last night after a dozen models left, and now, online platforms like Net-A-Porter and Alibaba’s Taobao have swiftly stopped carrying its wares in China.”

Bloomberg: Alphabet Chairman Struggles With Google CEO’s China Strategy

Bloomberg: Alphabet Chairman Struggles With Google CEO’s China Strategy. “Alphabet Inc. Chairman John Hennessy is unsure about a banner strategy of the company’s most-important executive. Hennessy said he’s not confident Google will be better off bringing a censored search engine to China — a key goal of Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai.”