The Intercept has reported that high level executives in Google are planning to release a version of the popular search engine, specially catered to the (censorship) needs of the world’s largest country. To be fair, Google has not been too shy about whiting out portions of the internet in the past, censoring search results in Google.cn from 2006 to 2010. The relationship between government authorities and Google only went south following an alleged cyber-attack on Google, by the Chinese government. According to the report, the application codenamed “dragonfly” would filter results on the world wide web according to the parameters set out by the legendary “Great Firewall of China”. The Chinese government has been notorious for censoring hot button topics on the internet, such as the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Rest assured, one would be just as likely to find a story book about homosexual penguins in a Singapore library than an online version of Animal Farm on dragonfly.
Written by Adib Jamil