Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, plans to testify before before the House Judiciary Committee this week, and there should be plenty to talk about.
Pichai is slated to testify Dec. 5, making the Google chief the latest in a line of Silicon Valley stars hauled before Congress this year. He’s likely to face plenty of questions about his company’s plans to roll out a censored search product in that country. Republicans are also expected to quiz him about conspiracy theories that Google suppresses search results from conservative sources.Check this out Tax Reform Have You Considering a Move? Charlotte, NC Wants You!
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The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Republican Bob Goodlatte, has held hearings throughout the year focused on whether tech giants are biased against conservatives. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was the last major tech figure to make an appearance before the committee, doing so at a hearing in September.Often citing no real evidence, and regularly appearing to fail to grasp the basics of how various technology companies operate, Republicans on the committee have previously allowed hearings on the issue to drift into conspiratorial waters.Republican representatives on the committee have cited fringe media outlets to accuse tech companies of political bias. They also invited pro-Trump social media personalities “Diamond & Silk” to testify at one hearing, and did not stop them from peddling a significant amount of misinformation.
Google employees are taking the next step in protesting Dragonfly, a controversial search project for the Chinese market that may help the country’s government track searches.
More than 200 Google employees, mostly software engineers, joined with the organization Amnesty International on Tuesday to publish a letter demanding CEO Sundar Pichai cancel the project. Google has said little about Dragonfly, but the project would reportedly bring a censored search engine to China and make it possible to connect users’ search queries to , enabling the Chinese government to more easily track searches.
“Our opposition to Dragonfly is not about China: We object to technologies that aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable, wherever they may be,” the employees said in the letter. “Dragonfly in China would establish a dangerous precedent at a volatile political moment, one that would make it harder for Google to deny other countries similar concessions.”