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I’m Chinese, Google’s DragonFly must go on


I have long heard that in the United States, the squeaky wheel gets the oil, it seems that this is indeed the case. One of the recent incidents in Silicon Valley about China(We are Google employees, Google must drop DragonFly) has gotten Google and Google employees in dispute, while the voice from China, the third party of this event, is missing.(as far as I know)

Though I can't represent China, as a Chinese living in mainland China, I want Silicon Valley to hear (at least) a voice from China.

I'm more than eagerly hope that Google could return to China, no matter in any form, for the following reasons:

We cannot deny that we are now in "the Information age", as the name tells, information plays a vital role in our time.

Information is so important, and finding valuable information in massive amounts of information is equally important to people. Google’s market capitalization is the best proof.

Before going on, let me first introduce some background knowledge: After Google exited from China in 2010, Baidu occupied most of the market share of the Chinese search market. Baidu's business model is auction-ranking advertising, which is different from Google. Baidu’s bidding ranking ads are notorious. Over the years, because of these advertisements, many people have been deceived and lost money, a small number of them have suffered from health damage, and some even paid the price of choosing a wrong search engine with their lives. Related links are attached at the end of the article for your reference.

Search Engine market share of China between 201001 and 201810

In China, people who are tech-savvy and have access of VPN use Google. Those who are familiar with technology but don't have VPN access will use Sogou and Bing. Most of the rest have no choice but using Baidu, which makes them a potential victim.

You may not have much concept when I say "the rest". It's about 551,615,600 people (as of June 30 this year, Chinese netizens reached 802 million; according to StatCounter data, Baidu’s market share in June 2018 It is 68.78%).

These 551,615,600 people are ordinary people like you and me. They have family, friends and loved ones. The lack of understanding of technology should not be the reason for their suffering! They deserve a better choice of technology!

These 551,615,600 people are silent majority, they don't know how to make a sound, and they don't know that there are people who are arguing about their interests on the other side of the Earth, but this can't be the reason for your small group to deprive them of the technical benefits they deserve!

If Google were in China, perhaps the young man named Wei Zesi would not have died as a result of deadly fake medical advertisements searched through Baidu.

If Google had been in China, many others might not have suffered health damage as a result of fake medical advertisements found through Baidu.

If Google were in China, a large number of people would not be deceived because of fake advertisements searched through Baidu, thus won't lose money and in despair. The money may be the cost of schooling for their children for a year, perhaps the life-saving money of their loved ones. It may be the hard-earned money they earned after months of hard work.

Indeed, if Google had been in China and not gone.

At the beginning of the first lesson in MOOC "Justice: what's the Right Thing to do?" , Professor Michael J. Sandel raised a question, assuming that you are a trolley car driver, the car is driving at high speed. At this time, you suddenly find that there are five workers working at the end of the track, you want to brake, but found that the brake has failed, the car is getting closer and closer to those workers. They don’t seem to hear it. At this time, you find that there is a martyrdom. Only one worker is doing things in the martyrdom. The steering wheel can still work. Do you choose to turn the steering wheel or not?

If I were the driver, I would choose the side that would be beneficial for most people.

In "We are Google employees, Google must drop DragonFly", the author says that the marginal people will suffer because of Google's return to China, but in fact, they have a lot more choice than these 551,615,600 people, they are more proficient in technology and social media, and there are so many Silicon Valley high-tech people willing to offer help. After the launch of the Dragonfly project in China, if they feel that using Google is not safe, they always have alternatives, such as DuckDuckGo.

But those 551,615,600 people don't.

So, what's your choice? what do you think is the Right thing to do?

Reference(all of the following links are Chinese):

1.Death case

Wei Zexi Incident

2.Physical health damage cases

What evils have Baidu done?

3.Being deceived, losing money cases

What has Baidu done that made a negative impact?(3203 answers,15,639,019 viewed)

4.Baidu bidding ranking incidents

Also on:

HackerNews: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18574181

Medium: https://medium.com/@ithinco/im-chinese-google-s-dragonfly-must-go-on-55daff08087b

TechCrunch China:https://techcrunch.cn/2018/12/03/im-chinese-google-s-dragonfly-must-go-on/


我早就听说在美国,不会叫的孩子没有奶喝,看来事情的确如此。最近硅谷有一件和中国有关的事情(<我们是谷歌员工,谷歌必须放弃蜻蜓项目>We are Google employees, Google must drop DragonFly)引发了巨大争议,争议双方分别是谷歌以及谷歌员工,而来自事件主体中国的声音却几乎没有(就我所知)。我无法代表中国,但作为一位生活在中国大陆的中国人,我希望硅谷听到来自中国人的声音。



在接着往下说之前,让我先介绍一下中国目前的情况:在 2010 年谷歌退出中国之后,百度占据了中国搜索市场的绝大部分市场份额,百度的商业模式是竞价排名广告,和谷歌不同,百度的竞价排名广告臭名昭著。这些年来,因为这些广告,很多人受骗上当、损失金钱,一小部分人健康受损,还有极小部分人死亡。相关链接附在文章末尾供你参考。

中国搜索引擎市场份额 201001 至 201810

在中国,对技术精通又会使用 VPN 的人会用谷歌,对技术熟悉但无法使用 VPN 的人会用搜狗和必应,剩下的绝大部分人只知道用百度,也就成为了潜在的受害者。 我说绝大部分人你可能没有多大概念,

我说的绝大部分人是约 551,615,600 人(截至今年 6 月 30 日,中国网民达到 8.02 亿;根据 statcounter 的数据,2018 年 6 月百度的市场份额为 68.78%)。

这 551,615,600 人都是和你我一样的普通人,有家人、朋友和爱人,对技术的不了解不应该成为他们受害的理由!他们理应有更好的技术选择!

这 551,615,600 人是沉默的大多数,他们不知道如何向你们发声,也不知道还有人在为关乎他们利益的事情进行争论,但这无法成为你们这一小撮人剥夺他们理应享受到的技术好处的理由!


在哈佛大学的公开课《公正:该如何做是好?》(Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?)里,迈克·桑德尔(Michael J. Sandel)教授在第一节课开始时就提了一个问题,假设你是一位电车司机,车子在高速行驶中,这时你突然发现前面有五个工人在干活,你想刹车,却发现刹车失灵了,车离那些工人越来越近,他们好像没有听到一样,这时你发现有一条岔道,岔道上只有一名工人在做事,这时方向盘依然可以工作,请问你是选择转动方向盘还是不转?


《我们是谷歌员工,谷歌必须放弃蜻蜓项目》认为,边缘人群会因为谷歌蜻蜓项目重返中国而受损,但事实上,他们的选择比这 551,615,600 人多得多,他们对技术对社交媒体更精通,还有这么多硅谷高科技人士帮助他们。在蜻蜓项目推出后,如果他们觉得使用谷歌不安全,他们总是有其他更多选择,比如 DuckDuckGo。

但这 551,615,600 人没有。








百度做了哪些带来负面影响的事情?(3203 个答案,15,639,019 次查看)



HackerNews: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18574181

Medium: https://medium.com/@ithinco/im-chinese-google-s-dragonfly-must-go-on-55daff08087b

TechCrunch 中国:https://techcrunch.cn/2018/12/03/im-chinese-google-s-dragonfly-must-go-on/


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为什么不回应? 很多事情并没有绝对的对错,对于同一件事,每个人都会基于自己的立场形成不同的看法,本文只是为了向西方世界提供一种新的视角,如果不同意本文观点,可以自行撰写文章进行反驳;此外,参与争辩很花时间,这件事及其评论激发了我的灵感,我现在正忙于写小说。