China has an army of internet censors who comb through the web and block information that the government doesn’t want its people to see. But the job of the censors is about to get easer if Google has its way. The tech giant is planning to release a new censored version of its search engine and apps in the land of 1.3 billion people. The news about Google comes from reporter Ryan Gallagher at the Intercept who has seen confidential internal documents about the plans for a censored search engine. Code-named Dragonfly, Google’s new technology has reportedly been in development for over a year and has already been demonstrated for Chinese government officials. The plans for a new search engine include Android apps that would allow users to search Google without being exposed to information that the government deems unacceptable. Google’s Android already has the largest market share of any operating system in China, currently accounting for roughly 51 percent of all devices. Google CEO Sundar Pichai traveled to China in December of 2017 to discuss the tech company’s future in the country and the plan to launch a censored search engine reportedly accelerated from there. The censored Google products still need to win final approval from the Chinese government before they’ll be allowed out into the wild. China’s censors already ban words and phrases that are seen as subversive, including references to the Aldous Huxley book Brave New World, the cartoon character Peppa Pig, and even Winnie the Pooh…. [Read full story]
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