News Roundup: Google under fire for Chinese search engine project

News Roundup: Google under fire for Chinese search engine project

A round up of this week's technology news including legal action against Elon Musk, stolen airmiles and Amazon's latest venture.


Google in China

After failing to attend a hearing at the US senate on data security during the election, Google finally sent a representative to Capitol Hill to answer questions. However, despite the hearing supposedly being about protecting data belonging to US citizens, Google's Chief Privacy Officer, Keith Enright, instead found himself deflecting multiple questions about the tech giant's plan to launch a censored search app in China.

Details of the project, dubbed ‘butterfly', had leaked last month, leading to over 1,400 employees signing a letter demanding more transparency and accountability about the project's potential impact on human rights.

To add insult to injury, a senior research scientist at the company, Jack Poulson, made a very public resignation from the company, citing Google's refusal to disclose information about the project. He also wrote in his resignation letter that the project is contradictory to the company's stated principles for the use of AI.

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Charlotte Trueman

Charlotte is Staff Writer at IDG Connect. She is particularly interested in the impact technology will have on the future of work and promoting gender diversity throughout the tech industry.

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