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Google halts elusive Dragonfly Project due to controversy

Google halts Dragonfly project due to controversy.

Google halts Dragonfly project due to controversy.

Laurel Nebosis

Google halts Dragonfly project due to controversy.

Laurel Nebosis

Laurel Nebosis

Google halts Dragonfly project due to controversy.

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Google has announced on December 17th, 2018 at their headquarters that they will halt The Dragonfly Project as controversy stirs worldwide.

The Dragonfly Project is a secret development Google had been working on to help China censor their internet searches.

Google even kept the project unknown to the majority of their own workers, who eventually raised complaints about its secrecy.

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Google and its CEO Sundar Pichai gets a major blow as Dragonfly Project is halted.

The announcement to stop the project is a big blow to Google and its CEO, Sundar Pichai, who has made it one of the companies top priorities in the last two years.

The dispute over the project began in August when it was discovered that Google was using a Beijing- based website to help research the Chinese market and eventually develop the censored search engine.

The Beijing search engine, 265.com, allowed Chinese visitors to get news updates, information about financial markets, and see various videos, pictures, and websites.

It also was the perfect way for Google to spy on Chinese users and see what they were searching for.

265.com was shut down shortly after the discovery came out, which leaves Google struggling to continue the project without its immense data source. In the months following this discovery, protests have sparked within Google itself and have caused over 400 Google employees to sign a letter opposing the project. There has, however, been a letter signed by Google employees in support of the project. 

So how far does China go with their censorship laws? This brief video shows exactly what residents of China can and cannot search. –

These censoring rules are enforced by the Chinese government.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been in control of the Chinese government ever since the People’s Republic of China was established in 1949.

Xi Jinping is the General Secretary of the CCP since 2013.

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Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping.

The CCP has more than 85 million members and is one of the largest political parties in the world. The party completely dominates the political life of China. They possess complete control of trade, supplies, services and are a large, powerful government body.

China’s government is also authoritarian. Authoritarian means enforcing strict obedience to authority, even at the expense of personal freedom.  Censorship is one of the ways that the government can and will limit peoples personal freedom.

If The Dragonfly Project is truly ended, China’s censored search engine would be virtually impossible to create and perfect.

 

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Laurel is a senior at Sartell High School.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family and also watching Netflix in her free time. Her favorite...

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