mandag 24. desember 2018

Google fails to thread the China needle, again

Google's secret project to build a censored search engine to get back into the Chinese market is on its last legs -- if not already doomed -- according to the latest report from The Intercept's Ryan Gallagher, who broke the original story.  This month, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told US lawmakers there were no plans to launch in China, after weeks of criticism both within Google and by human rights groups, internet freedom advocates and US lawmakers. 

What appears to have finally killed the project is an internal dispute over data use. The Intercept reports the small, secretive Dragonfly team ran up against the company's wider bureaucracy, and got smushed. A representative for Google did not respond to a request for comment about the latest report, or the company's China plans.