Wed Dec 12, 2018, 12:49 PM

Google CEO tells US Congress Chocolate Factory will unleash Dragonfly in China

Google's CEO Sundar Pichai appeared in front of a Congressional hearing this morning in a session that revealed two main things: he is still going to take the company into China, and Congresscritters have absolutely no idea what they are talking about when it comes to technology.

The marathon three-and-a-half House committee session was in-part fascinating and in-larger-part cringeworthy as Pichai picked his way around controversial issues and side-stepped serious questions over the search giant's actions, while remaining remarkably polite and accommodating in the face of incoherent rants and questions that bore no relation to objective reality.

Most telling was Pichai response to a direct question about whether Google would abandon its secretive program to provide China with a special censored version of its search service, called DragonFly.

DragonFly has caused the company a significant headache after its details were leaked and Google employees went publicly with their condemnation of what they see as assisting an authoritarian regime in its efforts to stamp out dissidents. Just as significant for many Google employees was the fact that the company kept it secret – going against its cultural norms of openness - and may even have misled or threatened employees to keep the project on track.

Pichai was revealed to be a key defender of the project, a position that may put him on a crash course with Google founder Sergey Brin who pulled Google out of China in 2010 in response to interference by the government.

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