Google has created an app—Dragonfly—for China that reportedly links users’ Google searches with their personal phone numbers. It has made simpler for the Chinese government to observe its citizens’ queries.
Dragonfly would also remove the content that is considered sensitive by China’s authoritarian Communist Party Regime. As reported by The Intercept, the content also includes information about freedom of speech, peaceful protest, dissidents, and human rights. Earlier, Dragonfly also included blacklisted content that included terms such as “Nobel Prize” and “student protest” in Mandarin. Human rights organization have criticized Dragonfly app and 7 engineers have resigned in a protest over lack of transparency and accountability. As reported to The Intercept, Cynthia Wong—a senior internet researcher with Human Rights Watch—said that from a privacy point, this is very problematic as it is permitting too much of detailed profiling and tracking of people’s behavior.
Recently, Google was also in news for using its A.I. (artificial intelligence) song recognition to Sound Search. The system uses a neural network to create “fingerprints” recognizing each song and uses a mixture of algorithms for trimming down the list of candidates and studying those results for a match. However, the quality and the scale of that song are much stronger now. Google is not suffering limitation on processing power or storage with Sound Search because everything is being operated on the server. It is using neural network 4 times larger. It also enlarged the number of dimensions to cut the amount of work and doubled the density of those fingerprints. The final outcome is song recognition that can look for a much extensive choice of tunes and create matches considerably faster. This could be just what the user is looking for if there is a need to recognize a catchy song and prefer Google’s system.