G20 leaders will meet in Osaka, Japan on June 28 and 29 to discuss a range of issues including energy prices and other economic woes. The meeting is the first for new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump, who are expected to have an opportunity to talk about trade disputes between Washington and Tokyo as well as the issue of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions during their bilateral talks.
According to a CNA report, the U.S. National Security Council in early May asked two Chinese technology firms in a meeting with a group of companies in Silicon Valley – including representatives from Amazon and Microsoft – to discontinue their development of the ‘Dragonfly’ search engine project for China . The request was made shortly after Google announced they will stop working on their project of a censored search engine for China.
The meeting was also attended by cybersecurity experts, who urged that the Chinese companies should no longer be involved in any U.S. government contracts. The agenda of the meeting was to outline how American companies are being attacked by Beijing through cyber attacks and intellectual property theft .
The report states that both Chinese firms were asked to avoid working on a search engine project with the China’s government. According to the CNA, another request was made for them to show greater transparency in disclosing any vulnerabilities they might have discovered during their work.
In September last year it was reported by The Intercept that Google is building a censored version of its search engine for China codenamed ‘Dragonfly’. The censored version of Google would blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest.
According to the Intercept’s sources every time you type in a query, Dragonfly sends it to an internal server that checks to see whether the word or phrase is blacklisted. If you’ve typed in the word ‘Dalai Lama,’ for instance, and that’s blacklisted, the software won’t suggest other common searches that include those terms.
The company also developed a tool to suppress specific search results , such as those from BBC News . It would remove links to the BBC website for certain queries in Chinese. In other instances, it would redirect people who typed certain terms to the BBC homepage, no matter what they were searching for.
In January this year The Intercept reported that Google employees have been secretly meeting with the US government officials in order to find a way to alter their decision on China censorship and return to business with Beijing .