Google staff demand transparency over censored search engine plans for China

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Hundreds of Google workers are demanding the Silicon Valley giant be more transparent in its plans to launch a censored version of its search engine in China, criticising their employer for making decisions “in secret”. 

In a petition, published by The New York Times and signed by around 1,000 employees, the “Googlers” said they “need to know what we’re building” to make ethical choices about their work.

It comes after leaked documents, obtained by The Intercept, revealed details of Google’s plans for obtaining approval to operate in China, including blocking access to a number of websites, such as Wikipedia and BBC News, which the ruling communist party bans.

The plans, code-named Dragonfly,…

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