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Hundreds of Google employees attached their signatures to a Medium postcalling on the company to squash Project Dragonfly.

Project...Dragonfly...? It's the codename for a censored search engine Google's reportedly working on for use in China. Remember, Google pulled out of China in 2010 and hasn't been back since.

Here's why employees are concerned: Dragonfly could hypothetically enable China to polish its act as your Big Brother, and not the kind that gives you a wedgie—we're talking state surveillance. More from the employee-backed letter...

  • "Providing the Chinese government with ready access to user data...would make Google complicit in oppression and human rights abuses."
  • "Dragonfly would also enable censorship and government-directed disinformation, and destabilize the ground truth on which popular deliberation and dissent rely."

FWIW, Google told NPR it isn't close to launching a search product in China.

Zoom out: From the recent walkout to protest workplace issues to the outcry over the company's involvement in a Pentagon drone program, Google employees have shown a level of public dissent not seen anywhere else in Big Tech.

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