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Google employees revolt over plans for a censored Chinese search engine as senior executives sign letter demanding ‘Dragonfly’ is cancelled

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November 28, 2018

Google employees are again speaking out about the company’s plans to build a censored search engine in China, otherwise known as ‘Project Dragonfly.’

In the new letter, penned by more than 275 managers and engineers, they rail against Google’s Project Dragonfly for its potential to ‘enable state surveillance’ and ‘aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable.’

The letter urges Google to cancel Project Dragonfly and says the firm’s response to their demands has so far been unsatisfactory.

It comes as Amnesty International is hosting protests across the globe today calling for Google to end the controversial project.

The letter warns that if Google moves forward with Project Dragonfly, it has the potential to set a dangerous precedent, enabling other oppressive governments to request similar technology to spy on their citizens.

When the letter was first released Tuesday morning, it had only nine signatures.

But by midday, the letter had racked up more than 275 signatures by Google employees – many of which are senior engineers and managers.

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