Google’s prototype Chinese search engine reportedly links searches to phone numbers

It is reported that Google is building a prototype system that will link Google searches of Chinese users to their personal phone numbers, as part of a new search service that would meet the Chinese government's censorship requirements. The Intercept writes that the Android application "Dragonfly", a secret project revealed by a whistleblower last month, could be linked to a user's phone number, simplifying the tracking of user searches individual

The follow-up would be in addition to the inclusion in the Dragonfly blacklist of terms such as "human rights", "student protest" and "Nobel Prize", which would normally bring news about Chinese activist and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo. The sources also told The Intercept that it is "essentially coded" to replace the results of air and air pollution with potentially manipulated data from a source in China.

Google has not confirmed the existence of Dragonfly, and mostly declined to comment on reports on the project. (He did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this latest news.) He was previously told that he is only doing "exploratory" work in a search service in China and that "he is not close to launching a search product" in the country. .

but these reports have attracted opposition inside and outside the company. Around 1,400 Google employees have allegedly signed a letter demanding more information about the project, which has been secretly wrapped up and reportedly executed in partnership with a Chinese company. Earlier, a bipartisan group of House representatives asked Google to answer questions about its plans for a Chinese search application, saying that Congress has "the responsibility to ensure that US companies do not perpetuate human rights abuses in China. abroad". The Intercept reported yesterday that Google's principal investigator, Jack Poulson, resigned to protest the decision, saying that a total of five employees left for Dragonfly.

Google withdrew from mainland China in 2010 after discovering a phishing attack against human rights activists. As noted in previous statements, it offers applications such as Google Translate in China, but the search remains blocked, although if Google launches a service that complies with China's censorship regime, that could change. China's government has only reinforced its reins on the Internet since 2010, while expanding a high-tech social control regime that includes "social credit" scores (which can determine things like citizens' travel rights) and a sophisticated device of surveillance to see his Muslim minority population in Xinjiang.

Even without links to a phone number, Dragonfly searches would not be secure. Poulson and others have expressed concern about simply having user data hosted in China, where government agencies could access. But the informed function would add another layer of control and signal Google's willingness to facilitate surveillance.

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