"I’m against large companies and governments collaborating in the oppression of their people, and feel like transparency around what’s being done is in the public interest," a source told The Intercept, adding that he feared "what is done in China will become a template for many other nations."
Yes, Google will productize its new app and make it available for sale to other deserving countries, e.g. Venezuela, not to mention the US.
A quid pro quo might involve Google eliminating all results for Taiwan, instead referring to the independent nation as Chinese territory, just as the world's airlines have done.
Google has a great deal of experience with this sort of thing. Back in 2010, it was caught censoring queries about Islam. It would return no results for "Islam is," while it returned all sorts of rude results for "Christianity is." At the time, Google tried to pass it off as a glitch, but any software engineer knows that behavior like that is not accidental.
References to Nazis are all too common, but this one is apt. Google's new endeavour is the moral equivalent to IG Farben making Zyklon B for the Nazis, except that Google is doing it for another country instead of its own.
Some of us have wondered how Germany could sink to the level it did before and during WWII. Now we know.
If we don't regulate Google, Facebook, Twitter, and a few other companies as utilities, we'll soon be partying like it's 1984.