Google employees and Google management are once again facing ethical issues. Just two months after Google's "Project Maven" military drone project was apparently solved Google employees are now at war with the company's plans to create censored products for China . The internal protests led to the resolution of the problem at a meeting of all hands, and we learned a little about Google's projects in China.
Reports from at the beginning of the month claimed that Google was working on products for the Chinese market, detailing plans for a search engine and enforcement that complies with government censorship and oversight requirements Chinese. The news was a surprise for many Googlers, and yesterday, an article in The New York Times detailed an internal revolt at the Maven . Fourteen hundred employees signed a letter demanding more transparency from Google on ethical issues, stating that "Google employees must know what we are building". The letter indicates that many employees only learned about the project through news reports and that "currently we do not have the information to make ethical decisions about our work, our projects and our job"
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal Google addressed the problem of China at the meeting all hands this week. According to the report, CEO Sundar Pichai told his employees that the company "was not about to launch a research product" in China, but that Pichai thinks that Google can do a good job in China. "I sincerely believe that we have a positive impact when we engage in the world," Pichai said in the newspaper, "and I do not see any reason why it would be different in China."
Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who played a leading role in Google's decision to leave China in 2010, was also present. The report says Brin "seemed optimistic about doing more business in China," but Brin described progress in the country as "slow and complex." Brin fled the Soviet Union when he was "particularly sensitive to the choking of individual liberties" through this experience.
It seems that there is a series of stories about Google investigating a return to China, with the previous wave in 2015 . For this to happen, the demands of the Chinese government should be balanced with a solution that Google employees can accept. China being the largest market in the world and almost the only country in which Google has no seat, it seems that China is a constant temptation for society.