Amnesty International, the London-based organization which focuses on human rights (with some exceptions, more on that later), has started a petition calling on Google to stop working with the Chinese government to censor and spy on its citizens.
“In 2010, the largest search engine in the world made a promise not to support China’s censorship of the internet. But in August 2018 it was revealed that Google was preparing to break their promise,” Amnesty International wrote.
The organization is referring to Dragonfly, a prototype search engine developed by Google that would remove content the Chinese government disapproved of, such as websites like Facebook or Wikipedia. It would also allow the communist regime to see which citizens were searching for terms like “human rights,” “Nobel prize,” and “student protest.”
Considering that the Chinese government uses a social-credit system to rank and punish citizens, a search engine like Dragonfly could be used to further control the population.
“If Google is willing to trade human rights for profit in China, could they do the same in other countries?” Amnesty International asked. – READ MORE