|Amidst all of the controversies, Google's former president Eric Schmidt defended the company and elaborates its good performance / Photo by: JD Lasica via Flickr|
Many people are calling for technology to be more regulated, and even their workplaces improved on matters of sexism and other problems. But even as Google sits in the middle of such controversies, Google chief Eric Schmidt has stood by his company’s decisions.
As reported by the BBC, Schmidt defended the China collaborations by saying that it was an inevitable side effect of an increasingly connected world. He said that the company involves itself with China because of the fact that they are usually able to get “many benefits” from them.
Although General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, claimed that partnership with China is still something to proceed with caution on because he reasoned that Google’s work with China "indirectly benefits the Chinese military and creates a challenge for us in maintaining a competitive advantage."
But like many other concerns, Schmidt has dismissed this too.
Back in 2010, Google had left China in fear of censorships and cyber attacks from Beijing, but Schmidt, now 64, said he had opposed that decision because he believed that Google is better off in China. He also said it was crucial for them to stay because it would “help change China to be more open.”
Whether or not that will prove beneficial is yet to be seen, especially since there seem to be widespread decisions that Google execs are making that the employees themselves are petitioning against.
For example, a rumored search engine by the name of Dragonfly is in the docket of Google’s projects. It will reportedly align with Beijing’s requirements and as a result, has been highly controversial. It has amassed a protest of 1,400 Google employees and continues to be controversial to this day.
When asked about the Dragonfly project, Schmidt insisted that he was not aware of it solely because he was not directly involved in it. He did maintain: “I can tell you that certainly, the people who were building all these products knew about it.”