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Google Employees Protest Secret Work on Censored Search Engine for China
submitted 8 months ago by d3rr from nytimes.com
[–]d3rr[S] 1 insightful - 2 fun1 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 2 fun - 8 months ago (5 children)
I guess 1400 Googlers are still taking the old "don't be evil" motto seriously.
[–]Mnemonic 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 8 months ago* (4 children)
But you need around 10 caffeinated programmers to implement a censor filter afterwards, might be crude, but some blackbox machine-learning and POW China is censored again.
Compartmentalization might just outsource the last filter to a china 'company' so Alphabet is 'sin free'.
Edit: It's not like China wouldn't have a dictionary worth of censored search terms at the ready.
Edit-Edit: The pipe can be ones enemy when making/implementing a 'wholesome' solution. Somehow 'digiNewbs' know the concept of 'the computer can make anything possible' but when confronted with 'yeah anything, filter it afterwards' you're a ''conspiracy' theorist'. While this whole filtering procces is the core of making data usable (like making a graph).
An analogy I like is a chef making an omelet. "can't go wrong"
[–]d3rr[S] 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 8 months ago (3 children)
True that. Alphabet needs a black ops company that they keep secret from the Google staff. Black ops can do the drone project and this china thing.
[–]Mnemonic 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 8 months ago (2 children)
It doesn't have to be black ops though. Alphabet delivers their 'wholesome search engine' and the output is filtered by the Chinese government. The knowledge of effective searching in Chinese and the numerous dialects would be Alphabet, but the end results would be filtered as just only the approved sites. Even in the naive view of alphabet not knowing what they get into China can censor it anyway.
The crux would be in knowingly giving your 'search/indexing knowledge' to an entity that restricts the access every easily by applying a simple filter.
Like having an oracle open to public but you duct tape their mouth when they talk about overthrowing you or talk shit about your past/present/future.
But we know alphabet isn't even a 'open source' (in information spreading) in the "free" west Alphabet is like an all knowing and sharing oracle.
[–]d3rr[S] 2 insightful - 2 fun2 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 2 fun - 8 months ago (1 child)
That's gold man, you should send Alphabet a bill for your consulting time.
[–]Mnemonic 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 8 months ago (0 children)
I'm an Anti-consultant if any. Though I'm looking for a job... :p
But would rather make something 'wholesome' than spin tall tales about AI (which is IT consultancy atm).