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Google's Secret China Project "Effectively Ended" After Fight - @rj_gallagher
Google has backed off its Chinese censor-friendly search engine project, Dragonfly, after the company's privacy team protested over being shut out from the project, The Intercept reports.

"The internal rift over the system has had massive ramifications, effectively ending work on the censored search engine, known as Dragonfly, according to two sources familiar with the plans. The incident represents a major blow to top Google executives, including CEO Sundar Pichai, who have over the last two years made the China project one of their main priorities. The dispute began in mid-August, when the The Intercept revealed that Google employees working on Dragonfly had been using a Beijing-based website to help develop blacklists for the censored search engine, which was designed to block out broad categories of information related to democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest, in accordance with strict rules on censorship in China... According to two Google sources, engineers working on Dragonfly obtained large datasets showing queries that Chinese people were entering into the search engine [a site acquired by Google to use 'as a honeypot for market research']. At least one of the engineers obtained a key needed to access an 'application programming interface,' or API, associated with, and used it to harvest search data from the site. Members of Google’s privacy team, however, were kept in the dark about the use of"

Intercept writer Ryan Gallagher shared some additional context around the article in a Twitter thread, including that "...The massive backlash over Dragonfly internally & externally influenced the thinking of executives & changed their plans. There was an aim to launch between Jan-Apr 2019 - that's no longer the case...Sources who have worked on the project believe Dragonfly has now been quietly shelved. Groups of engineers are being moved off of DF & told China is no longer a priority. They're now focusing instead on projects related to India, Indonesia, Russia, the Middle East & Brazil."
otf  china  google  dragonfly  censorship  access  gfw  asia 
2 hours ago by dmcdev
Technology’s Balancing Act: 10 Tech Predictions for 2019 - BDO
Over the past year, U.S. tech companies have been at the center of attention on a national and global stage—at the receiving end of a dizzying array of political, economic, and social changes.
Around-the-web  this-week-445  high-tech  china  economic-forecast  industry-reports 
3 hours ago by areadevelopment
Aging and Alone in Manhattan's Chinatown, Cont'd
Aging and Alone in Manhattan's Chinatown
original link. dead.
Jul 14, 2016
Video by Mantai Chow
It’s difficult to be a senior citizen with limited resources in New
York City.Mantai Chow’s short documentary, The Forgotten Ones,
profiles elderly people who’ve lived in the city for decades, but who
are struggling as they grow older alone. Abandoned by many, they cling
to one another.
Author: Nadine Ajaka
china  aging  nyc  documentary  chinatown 
3 hours ago by jimmykduong
China’s Detention Camps for Muslims Turn to Forced Labor - The New York Times
5 hours ago by maoxian
How McKinsey Has Helped Raise the Stature of Authoritarian Governments
Today, China’s best and brightest clamor to work at McKinsey. Partners in the firm have sat in on Communist Party meetings at companies. More than 90 percent of the company’s 350 consultants in China are of Chinese descent, according to its website.
5 hours ago by maoxian
Tax Crackdown Shocks, Worries China’s Entertainment Industry
China’s entertainment industry is rattled after a document circulated online indicated that artists and studios would need to self-audit and pay additional taxes for the past three years by the end of 2018, Beijing Youth Daily reported Friday.
china  taxes  industry 
7 hours ago by jayyy
Google used a Baidu front-end to scrape user searches without consent
The engineers used the data they pulled from [acquired Baidu front-end site] to learn about the kinds of things that people located in mainland China routinely search for in Mandarin. This helped them to build a prototype of Dragonfly. The engineers used the sample queries from, for instance, to review lists of websites Chinese people would see if they typed the same word or phrase into Google. They then used a tool they called “BeaconTower” to check whether any websites in the Google search results would be blocked by China’s internet censorship system, known as the Great Firewall. Through this process, the engineers compiled a list of thousands of banned websites, which they integrated into the Dragonfly search platform so that it would purge links to websites prohibited in China, such as those of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia and British news broadcaster BBC.

Under normal company protocol, analysis of people’s search queries is subject to tight constraints and should be reviewed by the company’s privacy staff, whose job is to safeguard user rights. But the privacy team only found out about the data access after The Intercept revealed it, and were “really pissed,” according to one Google source.
china  search  tech  google  privacy  baidu  interception  censorship  great-firewall  dragonfly 
11 hours ago by jm
Defiant Xi Jinping Says No One Can Dictate Reforms to China - Bloomberg
- depending how you read this statement “No one is in the position to dictate to the Chinese people what should and should not be done.” This could be defending legitimacy of CCP AND OR Chinese firms and people can do what they like abroad with impunity
11 hours ago by renaissancechambara

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