Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Predicts Internet Split: American vs. Chinese

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However, the Google leadership was furious on discovering that the memo was passed among the employees who were not supposed to know about the Dragonfly project.

The approach you have to take to understand the significance of China's internet capability isn't the mere thought that the Chinese public is good with the internet. It describes the Google's joint-project with China as "in a pretty advanced state."The statement from our high-level leadership that Dragonfly is just an experiment seems wrong", claims the memo's author".

Last week, a bipartisan group of congressmen signed a to Google CEO Sundar Pichai demanding answers over the project and the company's cooperation with the Chinese government.

To launch a censored search app in China, Google would face both regulatory and technical hurdles.

At least 1,000 employees have protested the existence of such a project, according to The New York Times, and The Intercept and Buzzfeed report that some employees have resigned in protest.

Pichai's address to the company came after the Intercept revealed Google's plans to develop a government-compliant search engine that would block Chinese users from accessing certain websites and using search queries blacklisted by Beijing.

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The China search engine would link users' search history to their personal phone numbers, according to the memo.

All of this information will be shared with the Chinese government and an unnamed Chinese company who would have "unilateral access" to the data.

The Dragonfly Project was already created to censor search queries, but the memo notes it is even more complex, stating that the unnamed Chinese partner could add to the blacklist and "selectively edit search result pages ... unilaterally, and with few controls seemingly in place".

If a Chinese company could maintain a copy of users' search data, it only means that, by extension, the data would be accessible to Chinese authorities, who have broad powers to obtain information that is held or processed on the country's mainland. "It will completely put users' privacy and safety at risk".

Village Global and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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