I find it really disappointing and troubling that Google is building technology for China that is clearly going to be used in abusive ways. I also think it’s really naive to think that this technology, once created, will stay in China.
In particular, Dragonfly logged each search and associated it with the user’s phone number.
Dragonfly was also reportedly built to help the Chinese authorities falsify pollution data by substituting official numbers for observations made by disinterested parties. Pollution is a fraught political topic in China, with citizens frequently upset over the state’s failure to keep their air breathable. The Chinese government has a history of falsifying pollution data and suppressing independent figures.