Numerous hires at Google say the company has continued work on its censored search engine for China despite months of intense analysi, the Intercept reports.
According to journalist Ryan Gallagher, three Google generators said that a batch of code for Dragonfly has repeatedly been updated after the company allegedly ordered technologists late last year to move away from the controversial project.
” The employees determined about 500 changes to the code in December, and more than 400 changes to the code between January and February of this year, which they believe indicates continued development of aspects of Dragonfly ,” Gallagher writes.
The informants reportedly saw the detection after secretly launching their own investigated by Dragonfly after being” unsatisfied with the lack of information from leader on the issue .”
Although Google has publicly said it has no further “current” plans to launching the search engine, the sources say those working on Dragonfly were told they needed to finish their work before being moved onto other projects.
” The hires say there are still some 100 workers allocated to the’ payment middle’ links with Dragonfly, means that the company is maintaining a budget for potential ongoing work on the plan ,” Gallagher adds.
While one generator stated that they accepted Dragonfly was ” dead” despite the task, many employees are” still waiting for a statement from Google that censorship is intolerable and that they will not collaborate with governments in the repression of their people .”
The Dragonfly project, first revealed by the Intercept in August, has caused widespread outrage bearing in mind the fact that the search engine would surveil users while blacklisting pursuing inquiries such as “human rights” and” Nobel Prize .”
Thousands of Google hires signed open notes to the company last year requiring it either be forthcoming about Dragonfly or cease work on the project. Various high-level staffers discontinue in assert while public figure from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to Vice President Mike Pence have condemned Google over Dragonfly.
Although Google CEO Sundar Pichai are systematically marked the project as “exploratory,” a leaked gather transcript from last July showed that Google initially planned to launch a completed commodity in early 2019.
Google has not provided comments on the latest report.