On January 18, human-rights activists revived the #DropDragonfly Campaign in an effort to protest Google’s censored search engine built for China, Project Dragonfly. Chinese, Tibetan, and Uighur people united with human rights groups to rally outside of Google offices in the U.S., U.K., Canada, India, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Sweden, Switzerland, and Denmark.
Dragonfly is designed to block information about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest. Data of individuals who make these searches will be shared with China authorities, putting them at risk of arrest and torture.
Google has and continues to face heat over Dragonfly:
- August 2018 – 6 U.S. Senators write a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai expressing concern. Google employees expressed anger and confusion as only a few hundred of the 88,000 employees were debriefed on the project.
- January 3 – Google engineer Liz Fong-Jones announced her resignation after 11 years.
- January 15 – 49 investors who represent $700 billion in assets blasted Google.
Google fails to provide any comment.
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