Last week, it was reported that a senior scientist at Google, Jack Poulson did the right thing and resigned from his high-paying job over his employer's decision to support censorship in China. "I am forced to resign in order to avoid contributing to, or profiting from, the erosion of protection for dissidents," he said.
The senior scientist blew the whistle last month after the Intercept revealed through leaked documents that the internet behemoth planned to launch a censored version of its search engine in Chine that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest.
After unsuccessfully pleading with his bosses to stop the implementation of this censorship platform Google is creating, Poulson tendered his resignation.
He felt it was his "ethical responsibility to resign in protest of the forfeiture of our public human rights commitments," he said.
The insidious nature of supporting such tyrannical censorship speaks for itself. However, Google apparently couldn't care less about the implications and are reportedly moving forward with the initiative anyway.
What the hell happened to "don't be evil" Google?
As the Intercept reports:
The project – code-named Dragonfly – has been underway since spring of last year, and accelerated following a December 2017 meeting between Google's CEO Sundar Pichai and a top Chinese government official, according to internal Google documents and people familiar with the plans.
Teams of programmers and engineers at Google have created a custom Android app, different versions of which have been named "Maotai" and "Longfei." The app has already been demonstrated to the Chinese government; the finalized version could be launched in the next six to nine months, pending approval from Chinese officials.
The planned move represents a dramatic shift in Google's policy on China and will mark the first time in almost a decade that the internet giant has operated its search engine in the country.
Through their censorship tactics, Google is helping to enable one of the most tyrannical and oppressive regimes on the planet.
"This has very serious implications not just for China, but for all of us, for freedom of information and internet freedom," Patrick Poon, a Hong Kong-based researcher with human rights group Amnesty International, told The Intercept. "It will set a terrible precedent for many other companies who are still trying to do business in China while maintaining the principles of not succumbing to China's censorship. The biggest search engine in the world obeying the censorship in China is a victory for the Chinese government – it sends a signal that nobody will bother to challenge the censorship any more."