We Won! Google Dropped Project Dragonfly

“After issuing some very vague statements on the status of Project Dragonfly, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told CNN the company has shelved the program and would need the “right conditions” to relaunch in the country, and censorship-free internet is an “important condition” for making that decision.

They really felt the heat on this one. It was great to see so many different groups come together to oppose this flawed project. And we would never even have known about Project Dragonfly if it had not been for the courage of Google staff who leaked the story to The Intercept last summer and then began an internal movement against it. Brilliant!” – Lhadon Tethong, Tibet Action Director

Tibet Action worked closely with a diverse group of international allies, including Uyghurs, Chinese rights advocates, and consumer advocacy groups, to pressure Google to cancel Project Dragonfly, a censored search app for the Chinese market that the company has been secretly developing for the past year.

The campaign was formally launched with two online media briefings on International Human Rights Day on December 10th, 2018. It challenged Beijing’s efforts to shift global norms around free expression and information sharing and inserts Tibet into the center of this important story.