Techdirt: Chinese Professor Argues Google Should Launch A Censored Search Engine In China

Techdirt: Chinese Professor Argues Google Should Launch A Censored Search Engine In China. “The argument from Bai Tongdong, a professor of philosophy at Fudan University, is pretty straightforward. More or less, it argues that Baidu is not a very good search engine. Google, even in a heavily censored fashion, is almost certainly going to be a lot better, and thus it will certainly aid in getting everyday people in China more access to information.”

TechCrunch: Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks publicly for the first time about its censored China search engine

TechCrunch: Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks publicly for the first time about its censored China search engine . “Commenting publicly for the first time about Google’s censored search engine for China, CEO Sundar Pichai said onstage at the WIRED 25 summit in San Francisco that the company is taking ‘a longer-term view’ about the country. Codenamed Project Dragonfly, the controversial development has been public knowledge since a report in August by the Intercept, generating significant backlash, with several employees resigning in protest.”

Yang Kaili: China live-streamer detained for ‘insulting’ national anthem (BBC)

BBC: Yang Kaili: China live-streamer detained for ‘insulting’ national anthem. “A Chinese live-streaming celebrity has been detained for five days for ‘insulting’ the country’s national anthem. Yang Kaili, a 20-year-old with tens of millions of followers, had appeared on camera singing the anthem while flailing her arms around.”

CNET: Google CEO refuses to answer ‘detailed questions’ on China in letter to Senate

CNET: Google CEO refuses to answer ‘detailed questions’ on China in letter to Senate. “Google CEO Sundar Pichai has sent a letter to US senators addressing their concerns about his company’s efforts in China. But in it, he refused to answer specific questions about the project — a move that’s ruffled lawmakers.”

The Intercept: Leaked Transcript Of Private Meeting Contradicts Google’s Official Story On China

The Intercept: Leaked Transcript Of Private Meeting Contradicts Google’s Official Story On China. “[Ben] Gomes’s remarks to staff, which can be read in full below, highlight the stark contrast between Google’s public and private statements about Dragonfly. The secretive project has been underway since spring 2017 — and has involved about 300 employees, the majority of whom have worked full-time on the plan. It was far beyond an “exploration,” and the plan to launch it was well-developed, as some of Google’s own employees have themselves highlighted in recent weeks, despite the company’s efforts to suppress such information.”

Government of Macao: DSEC launches Population Statistics Database

Government of Macao: DSEC launches Population Statistics Database. This URL has Chinese characters in it, so depending on your browser you might have a little trouble with it. The page itself is in English. “The Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) announced the launch of the Population Statistics Database, which aims to provide data users with easy and efficient access to population statistics of Macao. The Database covers four areas of statistics, namely total population, local population, households and housing. It supports sorting and filtering of data which enable users to search for population data by different demographic or housing characteristics, such as gender, age group, nationality, education attainment, parish and statistical district. Users can also create and download customised statistical tables and charts.”

Tubefilter: China Has Blocked Twitch Following Mass App Downloads During Asian Games

Tubefilter: China Has Blocked Twitch Following Mass App Downloads During Asian Games. “Twitch has confirmed that it is now blocked in China, with its browser site firewalled and its mobile app removed from the local App Store. This follows the platform’s skyrocketing popularity last month, when people downloaded the app to watch the Chinese team compete in esports at the 2018 Asian Games.”