The Keywordhttps://blog.google/The Keyworden-usFri, 15 Jul 2022 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/static/blogv2/images/google.pngThe Keywordhttps://blog.google/Stadia Savepoint: June updateshttps://blog.google/products/stadia/savepoint-june-2022-updates/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="qr6zh">It’s time for another round of our Savepoint series, where we recap the new games, features and updates available on Stadia.</p></div></div><div class="block-video"><div class="h-c-page h-c-page--mobile-full-bleed"><div class="h-c-grid"><div class="h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col-l--10 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-1"><div class="article-module uni-article-video uni-article-video--body" data-component="uni-article-yt-player" data-page-title="" data-video-id="Q2GMQxwwc1c"><div class="uni-article-video__embed-container hidden"><div id="uni-article-yt-player-Q2GMQxwwc1c"></div></div><figure><a class="h-c-video h-c-video--marquee uni-article-video__custom-wrapper" role="link" tabindex="0"><div class="uni-article-video__aspect-image"><img alt="A video shows the new Stadia Pro titles, Stadia store games and features that launched on Stadia in June 2022." src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Screen_Shot_2022-07-15_at_9.16.02_AM.max-1000x1000.png"/><div class="uni-article-video__dimmer"></div><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button--active" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button_no_hole"></use></svg><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button"></use></svg><div class="uni-article-video__duration loading"><svg class="uni-article-video__duration-icon" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_duration"></use></svg><span class="uni-article-video__duration-time">10:25</span></div></div></a><figb class="uni-article-video__caption h-c-page"><p aria-hidden="true">In our Monthly Rewind, take a look back at everything that happened on Stadia in June 2022.</p></figb></figure></div></div></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="abxms">In June, players learned about the culture and traditions of the Vikings in <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/discovery-tour-viking-age">Discovery Tour: Viking Age</a> and restored justice as a famed hero in <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/zorro-the-chronicles">Zorro: The Chronicles</a>. They also set out on a chaotic quest in <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/rabbids-party-of-legends">Rabbids: Party of Legend</a>s, a family party game for up to four players. Plus, <a href="https://support.google.com/stadia/answer/9995950?hl=en">Play Days</a> events gave everyone on Stadia the chance to play <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/dead-by-daylight">Dead by Daylight</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/assassins-creed-origins">Assassin's Creed Origins</a> and <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/rainbow-six-siege">Rainbow Six Siege</a>.</p><p data-block-key="9s4ku"></p><p data-block-key="1u123">Active Stadia Pro subscribers claimed seven new games in June. That included four games that launched directly within Stadia Pro’s library of more than 50 titles: <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/deliver-us-the-moon">Deliver Us The Moon</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/lake">Lake</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/deathrun-tv">DEATHRUN TV</a> and <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/through-the-darkest-of-times">Through the Darkest of Times</a>. Pro subscribers also claimed <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/ben-10-power-trip">Ben 10: Power Trip</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/tohu">TOHU</a> and <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/golf-with-your-friends">Golf With Your Friends</a>. It’s easy to try out new games like these in the Pro library, especially since creating a new Stadia account includes an offer for a one-month trial of Stadia Pro.</p><p data-block-key="8ovbl"></p><p data-block-key="95h0r">Last month, Stadia also continued to experiment with Click to Play Trials, adding 60 new trials that you can start playing in seconds. With more than 100 trials now available, you can try full games like <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/terraria">Terraria</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/far-cry-6">Far Cry 6</a> or <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/outriders">OUTRIDERS WORLDSLAYER</a> at no additional cost and without creating a Stadia account.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class="article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8"><img alt="A white Stadia webpage shows many game covers with a red and white play button overlay." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/click-to-play-games-6.28-blog.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="y0pw2">In June, Stadia added 60 new trials for full games available on the Stadia store. Just click to play and try over 100 games without creating a Stadia account.</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="abxms">In June, Stadia launched on the new Samsung Gaming Hub, available on Samsung 2022 Smart TVs. Just connect a controller and start playing Stadia games at home with friends or family. For more information, check out our <a href="https://support.google.com/stadia?p=smart_tv">Help Center article.</a></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class="article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8"><img alt="Stadia games are shown on a purple screen included within Samsung's new Gaming Hub." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/4-feac055a34.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="abxms">One of Stadia’s biggest goals is to provide easier access to cloud gaming across more devices. And in June, we announced that Stadia will be launching in Mexico later this year! We look forward to welcoming players in Mexico, which will be the 23rd country with access to Stadia.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="abxms"></h3><h3 data-block-key="fhoch"><b>Stadia Pro updates</b></h3><ul><li data-block-key="53vm7">Seven new games were added to the Stadia Pro library in June.</li><li data-block-key="fdaq9">Today, there are 52 games to explore in Stadia Pro: <a href="https://stadia.com/link/7XsokMct9AYy8Dtu5">HITMAN</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/2/store/details/f39390395ed5444d8e9b23460c8f9152rcp1/sku/6c8ae46efebc4bd1a7de725bc630ce65?e=EnableDebugPages">Darksiders Genesis</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/Xf3hxNnkt6NxbVpQ6">République</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/NpuC6u2oR3uaCj5N9">Journey to the Savage Planet</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/wPA4Q6uSDMN1X5nw9">PixelJunk Raiders</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/LfNjkYoAVdDLAjrCA">Terraria</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/2/store/details/848cb37ae8f64d4cbeddc5f2e290806ercp1/sku/4814de45415b434686ce123c77a4ae39p?e=EnableDebugPages">Darkwood</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/ccyLwiZJrbK3hXD76">It Came From Space And Ate Our Brains</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/gLWRHK9HQn811F1o8">Epistory - Typing Chronicles</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/GqyN3zo2vx4HJ4w27">Killer Queen Black</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKd72-uE3ls">GRIME</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/yVcZ8HbqLhM3U5g86">ARK: Survival Evolved</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/98pGstGktLh3zzYD7">Wave Break</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/5N9EJSVvhVNpvFTa6">Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Manager</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/9cFpDeTuC6FCtuvGA">Cake Bash</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/LyzEntgd2tGh5kxQ6">Control Ultimate Edition</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/2/store/details/5325f670b13d4c959123c437948d1834rcp1/sku/fafc0429262e4930b682a7e02365e8cep">Saints Row IV: Re-Elected</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/nwKjixux4ATxeHRQ7">Hundred Days - Winemaking Simulator</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/fynQjtD3PTqbTeHL8">Wavetale</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/DMQkrDB5bYkZXzcD6">Destroy All Humans!</a>, <a href="https://stadia.com/link/X56AaDyAmKrRjuxQ8">Wreckfest</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/2/store/details/df3c9859e1d14300941f62a693d140e2rcp1/sku/10f078ceb83f47cb8657d965c28e1ac2p">Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/2/store/details/4108770e33414848ae849cb6ad14e685rcp1/sku/32f70a285ee34bdfba4261237f869ad9p">Nanotale - Typing Chronicles</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/2/store/details/1509dbd662b7403f9497661157b9ca6brcp1/sku/86ce32e71e954f9b8d9c17aad82d50ccp">Merek’s Market</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/2/store/details/76309b9f2f294b07b410e8b6aa879273rcp1/sku/55b718bf03544bd3a9f6a62946fe7436">One Hand Clapping</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/2/store/details/05b9db9b9b5b489995568afd930a9db3rcp1/sku/6efd691ecc1c4c50a1a314bb085fb2d7p">PHOGS!</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/2/store/details/b53ea3b447064495aae1ed257085111drcp1/sku/6b3f1cf65045443a93b2e84d8a3660f6p?e=EnableDebugPages">Dawn of the Monsters</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/2/store/details/5c7fb29c666241a48c90d7cc42a65b39rcp1/sku/1d6d5c15623b4196be5b521ed57bdf76p?e=EnableDebugPages">Adam Wolfe</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/2/store/details/d21537bc9f434127ad0f52d555c74d2crcp1/sku/07ed97f1050045b299fb062562432dc8p?e=EnableDebugPages">Race with Ryan Road Trip Deluxe Edition</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/1/store/details/f06818137947441f92b742e1a0e3b348rcp1/sku/c4973b47c0464948b68923e041ac6a30p">World War Z: Aftermath</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/1/store/details/f1b8df21b7854aa3a8f60b34be8513ffrcp1/sku/8156e852e38f41bc864509fc9254b583p">City Legends: The Curse of the Crimson Shadow Collector’s Edition</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/1/store/details/b2c9b37fb3eb4089ad91f30b4e30ce92rcp1/sku/a5b7783b7e1b4c1684870124bd338eb1p">Ys IX: Monstrum Nox</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/1/store/details/7482e6a205f840d2a31ee967dfdc8f73rcp1/sku/5672f10bacd64938aa51568fe5d0b6a4p">Chicken Police - Paint it RED!</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/1/game/outriders">OUTRIDERS</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/1/game/lumote-the-mastermote-chronicles">Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/1/game/paw-patrol-the-movie">PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/1/game/kaze-and-the-wild-masks">Kaze and the Wild Masks</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/1/game/cities-skylines-stadia-edition">Cities: Skylines</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/deliver-us-the-moon">Deliver Us the Moon</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/lake">Lake</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/deathrun-tv">DEATHRUN TV</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/through-the-darkest-of-times">Through The Darkest of Times</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/golf-with-your-friends">Golf with Your Friends</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/tohu">TOHU</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/ben-10-power-trip">Ben 10: Power Trip</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/five-nights-at-freddys-security-breach">Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/centipede-recharged">Centipede: Recharged</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/those-who-remain">Those Who Remain</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/worms-wmd">Worms W.M.D.</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/roguebook">Roguebook</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/fast-and-furious-spy-racers-rise-of-sh1ft3r">Fast and Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R</a>, <a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/time-on-frog-island">Time On Frog Island</a>.</li><li data-block-key="9l2sl">There are ongoing discounts for all players — check out the <a href="https://stadia.google.com/u/2/store/list/45">web</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.stadia.android&amp;hl=en_US">mobile</a> Stadia store for the latest.</li></ul><p data-block-key="e6cnf"></p><h3 data-block-key="69mfv"><b>June content launches on Stadia:</b></h3><ul><li data-block-key="1a2ep"><a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/discovery-tour-viking-age">Discovery Tour: Viking Age</a></li><li data-block-key="33oba"><a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/deathrun-tv">DEATHRUN TV</a></li><li data-block-key="8lmvv"><a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/deliver-us-the-moon">Deliver Us The Moon</a></li><li data-block-key="4dlo5"><a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/lake">Lake</a></li><li data-block-key="3c3k3"><a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/my-little-pony-a-maretime-bay-adventure">My Little Pony: A Maretime Bay Adventure</a></li><li data-block-key="cd6f7"><a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/rabbids-party-of-legends">Rabbids: Party of Legends</a></li><li data-block-key="83eau"><a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/through-the-darkest-of-times">Through the Darkest of Times</a></li><li data-block-key="ehr75"><a href="https://stadia.google.com/game/zorro-the-chronicles">Zorro: The Chronicles</a></li></ul><p data-block-key="fnjp5"></p><h3 data-block-key="bro95"><b>Stadia announcements in June:</b></h3><ul><li data-block-key="3q9sc">Asteroids: Recharged</li><li data-block-key="65o8h">Black Widow: Recharged</li><li data-block-key="e839l">Breakout: Recharged</li><li data-block-key="1cuc1">Centipede: Recharged</li><li data-block-key="dt4e6"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vN3z3bDQ8k">Dead by Daylight – Roots of Dread Chapter</a></li><li data-block-key="apvlo">Kombinera</li><li data-block-key="fdgl3"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clnm9uGcrlI">Rainbow Six Siege – Operation Vector Glare</a></li></ul></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="abxms">As always, we’ll be back next month to share another recap. In the meantime, keep an eye on the <a href="https://community.stadia.com/t5/Stadia-Community-Blog/bg-p/stadia_blog">Stadia Community Blog</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GoogleStadia/">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQKyy9Wl7hsVn1BP7BC53Yg">YouTube</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/GoogleStadia">Twitter</a> for the latest on new games, features and updates.</p></div></div></body></html>Fri, 15 Jul 2022 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/stadia/savepoint-june-2022-updates/StadiaarticleStadia Savepoint: June updatesCatch up on the games, updates and Pro news from Stadia in June.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Stadia_Savepoint_June_2022_Header.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/stadia/savepoint-june-2022-updates/Stadia TeamCreativity meets scale in Ads Creative Studiohttps://blog.google/products/ads-commerce/ads-creative-studio-global-launch/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="uit0i">Last year, <a href="https://blog.google/products/ads-commerce/ads-creative-studio-launch-cannes/">we introduced a beta version of Ads Creative Studio</a> as a destination for creative and media professionals to make more effective ads at scale. After a successful beta period, the platform is now globally available with more features to help teams collaborate, create and customize display and video ads.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="uit0i">Increase relevance with customized ads</h3><p data-block-key="itgs">Consumers expect — and prefer — relevant ads: 80% of viewers say they are <a href="https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/consumer-insights/consumer-trends/trending-visual-stories/viewer-choice-reshapes-content">more open to advertising or branded content relevant to them</a>. But delivering this experience in practice, and at any kind of scale, can be complex and cost prohibitive, especially for video ads. For this reason, many marketers have had to forgo the effectiveness gains that come from highly relevant, customized advertising. That changes with ad customization in Ads Creative Studio.</p><p data-block-key="d0l1b">Now you can create multiple or even hundreds of versions of a single display or video ad. They can be customized for different audiences, locations, languages or contexts. Simply tell us what element of the ad creative — like a product image, superimposed text or sound — you want to set as ‘swappable’ and provide different versions of that element based on a set of rules you create. The rules include the audiences you want to reach or contexts you want to match.</p><p data-block-key="ct510">For example, you might make a rule to change the text overlay on your video creative based on whether your audience is in the market for cold-weather gear or warm-weather travel. We’ll apply the rules quickly to all videos and render the different versions in a matter of minutes. Then, you can create and share a preview that shows every video, along with the rules that apply to that video, with anyone who needs to review it.</p><p data-block-key="9h0ov">These features are available today for video creatives and will soon be launching for display.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="uit0i">Experience easier workflows across all your campaigns</h3><p data-block-key="b9hi0">We want to make it easier for media and creative teams to work together and at the same speed. A set of new features ensure that projects made in Ads Creative Studio can be seamlessly shared to all of our media platforms — Google Ads, Display and Video 360 and Campaign Manager 360.</p><p data-block-key="5jk6t">First, you can now export images from the Ads Creative Studio asset library to the <a href="https://support.google.com/google-ads/answer/11898516">Google Ads asset library</a> of any linked account. That means users within Google Ads can easily find those images and use them when assembling creatives for Performance Max campaigns, for example. You can think of the Ads Creative Studio asset library as a single, consolidated home for all creative assets, which you can then share with multiple media accounts for activation.</p><p data-block-key="7s0lv">And second, you can now connect an Ads Creative Studio account to Campaign Manager 360. Ads Creative Studio was already available in beta to Display &amp; Video 360 customers. Today, everyone can upload, manage and export HTML5 creatives directly to either Campaign Manager 360 or Display &amp; Video 360. And, soon, you’ll be able to export video creatives as well.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="uit0i">Improve creative effectiveness and efficiency</h3><p data-block-key="2duon">Ads Creative Studio has helped brands and agencies cut down on time and costs and <a href="https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/future-of-marketing/creativity/ads-creative-studio-case-studies/">facilitate collaboration between media and creative teams</a>. Men in Green, a creative agency out of the Netherlands was able to <a href="https://marketingplatform.google.com/about/resources/men-in-green-cuts-their-creative-production-time-in-half-with-ads-creative-studio/">cut its creative production time in half using Ads Creative Studio</a> and Display and Video 360. By implementing the platform into its workflow, the agency was able to maintain strict quality control for multiple creative assets while having different designers work on them simultaneously.</p><p data-block-key="ebgsd">PepsiCo wanted to increase associations of the bubly brand with different contexts like house parties, barbecues, sports viewing and more. The company ran an experiment using customized videos built in Ads Creative Studio to see if occasion-specific messages aimed at relevant audiences could drive higher brand lift. PepsiCo found that campaigns with creative showing social gathering and food pairing situations were most effective. The path to customization was smoother and more efficient and, with a single tool, the team was able to standardize processes across functions.</p><p data-block-key="6cejp">In another instance, General Motors South America wanted to boost brand awareness of the Cruze 5 model. The brand decided to customize beyond the basics and needed to produce 14 unique ads without sacrificing time, budget or resources. Using Ads Creative Studio, the brand reduced costs by 30% and the campaign saw a 56% increase in Google searches for “chevrolet cruze” and a reduction in cost per view of 32% compared to the industry benchmark.</p><p data-block-key="fbh9m">Ads Creative Studio is built to provide full support for creative teams and to enhance collaboration, creative effectiveness and scale. To learn how to get started, visit the <a href="https://support.google.com/adscreativestudio#topic=10727643">Ads Creative Studio Help Center.</a></p></div></div></body></html>Thu, 14 Jul 2022 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/ads-commerce/ads-creative-studio-global-launch/Google AdsGoogle Marketing PlatformVideo AdsarticleCreativity meets scale in Ads Creative StudioAnnouncing the global, general availability launch of Ads Creative Studio, to help marketers unlock the power of custom creative at scale.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/BlogPostTN_v2.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/ads-commerce/ads-creative-studio-global-launch/Joe MoukabaaProduct Manager, YouTube AdsKatie KelloggProduct Manager, Google AdsA guide to common Ad Manager policy questionshttps://blog.google/products/admanager/a-guide-to-common-ad-manager-policy-questions/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="55znq">Ad Manager program policies help ensure we preserve a healthy digital ecosystem for the benefit of all users, advertisers and publishers. But we know we can do more to help Ad Manager partners better understand our policies. So, to answer some common questions, we’re sharing a new infographic with important information on:</p><ul><li data-block-key="5v9td">The role of advertising policies for Google’s advertising platforms</li><li data-block-key="fvcku">Most frequently faced policy violations</li><li data-block-key="3b88h">Resolving policy issues and navigating through the Ad Manager Policy Center</li></ul><p data-block-key="3una9">Check it out below, and don't forget to <a href="https://services.google.com/fh/files/blogs/ad_manager_a_guide_to_common_policy_questions_2022.pdf"><b>download or bookmark the infographic</b></a> below.<br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class="article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8"><a class="article-image--link" href="https://services.google.com/fh/files/blogs/ad_manager_a_guide_to_common_policy_questions_2022.pdf" rel="external" target="_blank"><img alt="Infographic showing the most common policy questions for Google Ad Manager" class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Ad_Manager_Infographic_v2_page_1.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></a></div></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class="article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8"><a class="article-image--link" href="https://services.google.com/fh/files/blogs/ad_manager_a_guide_to_common_policy_questions_2022.pdf" rel="external" target="_blank"><img alt="Infographic showing the most common policy questions for Google Ad Manager" class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Ad_Manager_Infographic_v2_page_2.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></a></div></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class="article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8"><a class="article-image--link" href="https://services.google.com/fh/files/blogs/ad_manager_a_guide_to_common_policy_questions_2022.pdf" rel="external" target="_blank"><img alt="Infographic showing the most common policy questions for Google Ad Manager" class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Ad_Manager_Infographic_v2_page_3.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></a></div></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class="article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8"><a class="article-image--link" href="https://services.google.com/fh/files/blogs/ad_manager_a_guide_to_common_policy_questions_2022.pdf" rel="external" target="_blank"><img alt="Infographic showing the most common policy questions for Google Ad Manager" class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Ad_Manager_Infographic_v2_page_4.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></a></div></div></div></body></html>Tue, 12 Jul 2022 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/admanager/a-guide-to-common-ad-manager-policy-questions/Google Ad ManagerarticleA guide to common Ad Manager policy questionsGooglehttps://blog.google/products/admanager/a-guide-to-common-ad-manager-policy-questions/John BrownPolicy Transparency LeadAldrich ChristopherPolicy TransparencyMentoring the next generation of women techmakershttps://blog.google/technology/developers/annalisa-arcella/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="i2p2b">Annalisa Arcella, a scientist based in London, spent her career working in data science, using her technical expertise to work alongside people in different sectors with different backgrounds. But a project in March 2021 led her in a new direction — working with cloud technology and ultimately becoming a <a href="https://developers.google.com/womentechmakers/ambassadors">Women Techmakers Ambassador</a>.</p><p data-block-key="1dmb4">She started working on a project for the Public Sector in London. The goal was to analyze thousands of responses to public policy consultations. She was collaborating with a customer engineer from the Google Cloud Platform team on the project, as it was her first time using the technology. After the two worked together, he suggested she participate in the <a href="https://events.withgoogle.com/women-developer-academy-1/">Women Developers Academy</a>, an intensive program for women in tech to develop their public speaking skills and confidence.</p><p data-block-key="fh2ul">Annalisa was accepted to the Women Developers Academy a few months later. “For two months, they taught us how to contribute to the community via technical public speaking and writing blog posts, as well as how to prepare technical video content,” she says. After graduating, Annalisa was inspired to do more for the community of women in tech around her. “Joining the program motivated me to share my experience and inspire like-minded young women who want to pursue careers in tech,” she says. “I worked and lived in different countries between Europe and the U.S. and women are still a minority group in tech, especially in non-European countries.”</p><p data-block-key="blsnk">In December 2021, Annalisa became a <a href="https://developers.google.com/womentechmakers/ambassadors">Women Techmakers Ambassador</a>, joining a global group of leaders around the world passionate about impacting their communities and building a world where all women can thrive in tech. Additionally, her first experience using Google Cloud Platform sparked her interest in new areas of technology and led her to a new role as machine learning engineering manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers. “I have always worked closely with engineers in high-performance computing environments, on the boundary of science and tech,” she says. “Now, I’m excited to move to machine learning engineering, spending most of my time on the cloud.”</p><p data-block-key="7h1ks">Since becoming an Ambassador and getting a new job, Annalisa has kept quite busy. As an Ambassador, she’s been able to share her knowledge about Google Cloud, and is planning learning sessions in <a href="https://cloud.google.com/architecture/mlops-continuous-delivery-and-automation-pipelines-in-machine-learning">MLOps</a> and <a href="https://www.tensorflow.org/">Tensorflow</a>. “I am meeting really inspiring people from all over the world,” she says. This role has also allowed her to mentor other women who are interested in getting into the tech industry, as well as participating in training sessions to help her grow her own skills.</p><p data-block-key="ecmaa">In June — almost a year after she first participated in the Women Developers Academy — she took center stage to give a talk about the advantages of using fully managed Google Cloud services at the DataLift conference in Berlin. “The talk attracted many people, and the room was full,” she says. “I was talking about the challenges of a small team in machine learning operations, which is one of the hottest topics in data science right now.”</p></div></div></body></html>Tue, 12 Jul 2022 15:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/technology/developers/annalisa-arcella/DevelopersDiversity and InclusionarticleMentoring the next generation of women techmakersWomen Developers Academy and Google Cloud Platform helped Women Techmakers ambassador Annalisa Arcella become a machine learning engineer.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Annalisa_Arcella_WTM.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/technology/developers/annalisa-arcella/Caitlin MorrisseyGlobal Ambassador LeadWomen TechmakersInside Scoop: National Ice Cream Day with Google Mapshttps://blog.google/products/maps/national-ice-cream-day-google-maps/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="h9lt5">What better way to beat the hot summer heat than with ice cream? We’re not the only ones who crave this sweet treat. In fact, of all the dishes searched on Google Maps in the U.S., ice cream is the second most-searched. So with National Ice Cream Day on July 17, we couldn’t resist a sweet opportunity to celebrate!</p><p data-block-key="dl6vn">Whether you prefer an elaborate cone, a simple scoop, or chasing the ice cream truck for your favorite popsicle, we have Google Maps ice cream trends that are sure to make you melt.</p><p data-block-key="5iiga">Here are the most popular ice cream chains in each U.S. state in one fell scoop 🍨:</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class="article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8"><img alt="A red, blue, green, and yellow map shows the most popular ice cream chain in each U.S. state, broken down by 12 different national ice cream chains." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Top_Searched_Ice_Cream_Chains_US_Google_Ma.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="h9lt5"><b>We all scream for ice cream!</b> There are tons of waffle-y beloved local ice cream spots across the U.S. According to Google Maps, these are the ten most popular:</p><ol><li data-block-key="c52do"><a href="https://www.google.com/maps?cid=2530352798291734647">Sundaes and cones</a> (New York, NY)</li><li data-block-key="1fh8u"><a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?cid=5644936552744319405">Soft Swerve Ice Cream</a> (New York, NY)</li><li data-block-key="69mml"><a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Milk+%26+Cream+Cereal+Bar/@40.7195711,-73.9964745,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x49e3594b87d18c0!8m2!3d40.7195711!4d-73.9964745">Milk &amp; Cream Cereal Bar</a> (New York, NY)</li><li data-block-key="a6q1j"><a href="https://www.google.com/maps?cid=15965593498292792382">Surreal Creamery</a> (New York, NY)</li><li data-block-key="5m34n"><a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?cid=7578482481876555745">Glazier Rolled Ice Cream &amp; Boba Tea</a> (San Francisco, CA)</li><li data-block-key="9hm3m"><a href="https://www.google.com/maps?cid=1119927649163641246">Cones Artisanal Ice Cream Since 1998</a> (New York, NY)</li><li data-block-key="91v"><a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Little+Man+Ice+Cream/@39.7594641,-105.0110824,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x12bf9a2246987c4!8m2!3d39.7594641!4d-105.0110824">Little Man Ice Cream</a> (Denver, CO)</li><li data-block-key="ilgt"><a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Toscanini's+Ice+Cream/@42.366014,-71.0782227,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x589b9c005c670c09!8m2!3d42.3660144!4d-71.0782101">Toscanini’s Ice Cream</a> (Cambridge, MA)</li><li data-block-key="ftr45"><a href="https://www.google.com/maps?cid=17049547099118694527">Sweet Alchemy Ice Creamery</a> (Seattle, WA)</li><li data-block-key="1vp23"><a href="https://www.google.com/maps?cid=12146769501044861944">Shug’s Soda Factory and Ice Cream</a> (Seattle, WA)</li></ol><p data-block-key="82cqi"><b>Just desserts.</b> Ice cream is the top searched dessert on Google Maps in the U.S., but which states love ice cream the most? These are the top 10 states where anything is popsicle, according to Google Maps data:</p><ol><li data-block-key="c9j2q">Hawaii</li><li data-block-key="cdjaq">Rhode Island</li><li data-block-key="1ttjs">Colorado</li><li data-block-key="243p1">Massachusetts</li><li data-block-key="ce62v">New York</li><li data-block-key="94uuu">Vermont</li><li data-block-key="fm6bt">Florida</li><li data-block-key="db3pj">Maine</li><li data-block-key="95p2r">New Hampshire</li><li data-block-key="uu82">Utah</li></ol><p data-block-key="af1l"><b>Who says you have to stick to Sundae Funday?</b> Saturday is the most popular day people search for ice cream on Google Maps. So treat yourself this weekend by heading to your favorite spot, or discovering a new one! We even cone-done spoiling your dinner, because you de(soft)serve it!🍦</p></div></div></body></html>Tue, 12 Jul 2022 06:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/maps/national-ice-cream-day-google-maps/MapsarticleInside Scoop: National Ice Cream Day with Google MapsTo celebrate National Ice Cream Day, we’re sharing the top-searched ice cream trends and chains on Google Maps.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/yellow_OTHG2yS.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/maps/national-ice-cream-day-google-maps/Sherry UntopSundae School TeacherTAG Bulletin: Q2 2022https://blog.google/threat-analysis-group/tag-bulletin-q2-2022/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="rmos4">This bulletin includes coordinated influence operation campaigns terminated on our platforms in Q2 2022. It was last updated on July 12, 2022.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="rmos4">April</h3><ul><li data-block-key="2c04l">We terminated 138 YouTube channels and 2 Ads accounts as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Russia. The campaign was linked to a Russian consulting firm and was sharing content in Russian that was supportive of Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin and critical of NATO, Ukraine, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.</li><li data-block-key="ac7dd">We terminated 44 YouTube channels and 9 Ads accounts as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Russia. The campaign was linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA) and was sharing content in Russian, French, Arabic, and Chinese that was supportive of Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea and the Wagner Group’s activity in Ukraine and Africa.</li><li data-block-key="ej266">We terminated 6 YouTube channels as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Russia. The campaign was linked to Russian state-sponsored entities and was sharing content in Russian that was supportive of pro-Russian activity in Ukraine and critical of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.</li><li data-block-key="15jc6">We terminated 3 YouTube channels and 1 AdSense account and blocked 1 domain from eligibility to appear on Google News surfaces and Discover as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Slovakia and Germany. The campaign was sharing content in Slovak that was supportive of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s claimed justifications for its invasion of Ukraine. We received leads from Mandiant that supported us in this investigation.</li><li data-block-key="e6mia">We terminated 37 YouTube accounts and 1 Ads account and blocked 2 domains from eligibility to appear on Google News surfaces and Discover as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Costa Rica. The campaign was linked to Noelix Media and was sharing content in Spanish that was critical of Costa Rican and Salvadoran politicians and political parties. Our findings are similar to findings reported by Meta.</li><li data-block-key="9fbnb">We terminated 1,546 YouTube channels as part of our ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China. These channels mostly uploaded spammy content in Chinese about music, entertainment, and lifestyle. A very small subset uploaded content in Chinese and English about China and U.S. foreign affairs. These findings are consistent with our previous reports.</li></ul><p data-block-key="ct586"></p><h3 data-block-key="4god3">May</h3><ul><li data-block-key="7soq5">We terminated 20 YouTube channels as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Russia. The campaign was linked to a Russian consulting firm and was sharing content in Russian that was supportive of Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin and critical of NATO, Ukraine, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.</li><li data-block-key="7oih5">We terminated 5 YouTube channels, 1 AdSense account, and 1 Blogger blog as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Russia. The campaign was linked to Russian state-sponsored entities and was sharing content in Russian and Bulgarian that was supportive of separatist movements in the disputed regions of Ukraine and critical of Ukraine and the West.</li><li data-block-key="3bsd6">We terminated 14 YouTube channels as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Russia. The campaign was linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA) and was sharing content in Russian that was critical of Ukrainian politicians.</li><li data-block-key="2r752">We blocked 1 domain from eligibility to appear on Google News surfaces and Discover as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to Iran. The campaign was linked to Endless Mayfly and was sharing content in English about a variety of topics including US and global current events. We received leads from Mandiant that supported us in this investigation.</li><li data-block-key="22to">We terminated 3 YouTube channels as part of our investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China. The campaign was sharing content in English about the origins of COVID-19.</li><li data-block-key="4gvr2">We terminated 4067 YouTube channels as part of our ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China. These channels mostly uploaded spammy content in Chinese about music, entertainment, and lifestyle. A very small subset uploaded content in Chinese and English about China and U.S. foreign affairs. These findings are consistent with our previous reports.</li></ul></div></div></body></html>Tue, 12 Jul 2022 03:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/threat-analysis-group/tag-bulletin-q2-2022/Threat Analysis GrouparticleTAG Bulletin: Q2 2022Googlehttps://blog.google/threat-analysis-group/tag-bulletin-q2-2022/Shane HuntleyDirectorThreat Analysis GroupGoogle One now has premium Google Workspace featureshttps://blog.google/products/google-one/workspace-premium-features/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="if8c3">When we launched <a href="https://one.google.com/about">Google One</a> a little over four years ago, our goal was to create a membership to help you get the most out of Google — starting with more storage and expert support. Over the years, we’ve introduced new ways to get more value from your membership, like a <a href="https://blog.google/products/google-one/new-vpn-by-google-one/">VPN for added security</a>, advanced Google Photos editing tools and Google Store rewards.</p><p data-block-key="91edu">Today, we’re bringing an even more premium experience to Google One members. Several Google Workspace capabilities, previously only available to businesses with paid Google Workspace subscriptions, are coming to our <a href="https://one.google.com/about/plans?utm_source=blog&amp;utm_medium=web&amp;utm_campaign=workspace&amp;utm_content=sign_up">Premium 2 TB and higher plans</a>.<footnote id="5967c5b1-9d8c-4170-a314-7159cd8ccd69">[5967c5]</footnote>Let’s take a closer look at these new “Google Workspace premium” features.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="if8c3">Stay connected with enhanced video calling</h3><p data-block-key="5eh59">From keeping in touch with loved ones to learning new skills, video calls have become a core part of our daily lives. To help Google One members stay connected, we’re offering enhanced video calling features from Google Meet in Google Workspace.</p><p data-block-key="9e24f">Now, you don’t need to stick to the one-hour time limit for group video calls — you can chat with your favorite people for up to 24 hours (great for virtual movie nights and socially-distanced gatherings). You can also filter out background noise, like dog barks or construction sounds, so everyone can hear you more clearly. And finally, you can securely record and store calls to Google Drive to relive and share special moments like virtual birthday celebrations.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class="article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2"><img alt="A table displays the features and benefits available to Google One members on the 100 GB, 200 GB and 2 TB plans, with the 2 TB plan outlined in red, yellow, green and blue." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/G1_Blog_Post_Chart.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="if8c3">Enhanced video calling is starting to roll out today for Google One members on Premium 2 TB and above plans in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan and Australia — with more countries coming soon. Over time, Google One members will get access to additional select premium features from Google Workspace — across Google Meet, Gmail and Calendar — and other Google products.</p><p data-block-key="d6e02">If you’re not already a Google One member, you can <a href="https://one.google.com/about/plans?utm_source=blog&amp;utm_medium=web&amp;utm_campaign=workspace&amp;utm_content=sign_up">sign up for a Premium 2 TB Google One plan</a>. If you’re a business interested in the full set of professional Google Workspace features, <a href="https://workspace.google.com/choose/individual_vs_business">sign up for a Google Workspace Business plan</a>.</p></div></div></body></html>Mon, 11 Jul 2022 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/google-one/workspace-premium-features/Google WorkspaceGoogle OneMeetarticleGoogle One now has premium Google Workspace featuresGoogle One members on Premium 2 TB and higher plans can access longer group video calls, noise cancellation and call recording in Google Meet.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Meet_Blog_Hero.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/google-one/workspace-premium-features/Esteban KozakDirector, Product ManagementGoogle OneRoad to GDE: Supporting future Google Developer Expertshttps://blog.google/technology/developers/road-to-gde-supporting-future-google-developer-experts/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="dhd4o"><a href="https://developers.google.com/community/experts">Google Developer Experts</a> (GDEs) are tech enthusiasts from around the world who are skilled in Google technologies, actively sharing their knowledge in talks, workshops and online content. <a href="https://events.withgoogle.com/road-to-gde/">Road to GDE</a>, geared toward developers from historically underrepresented groups in tech, supports participants on their path to becoming GDEs. The three-month program pairs them with mentors — current GDEs — to learn new content development strategies and prepare for the GDE application and interview process.</p><p data-block-key="3eetq">The Road to GDE program launched in 2021 with 58 mentors and mentees. At the beginning of 2022, it had grown to 140 people — 70 mentors and 70 prospective GDEs — from around the world.</p><p data-block-key="eamrt">“We heard so much positive feedback about Road to GDE from both mentors and mentees that we decided to scale it up,” says Pati Jurek, a program manager for Road to GDE. “It was amazing to see how it sparked connections among people in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, all working toward a shared goal to become Google Developer Experts.”</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="dhd4o">Sharing knowledge with the community</h3><p data-block-key="4k4c">Kensy Ayala from Honduras taught a workshop at the <a href="https://developers.googleblog.com/2022/02/students-in-latin-america-come-together.html">Google Developer Student Clubs (GDSC) Latin America conference</a> and regularly gives talks to <a href="https://gdg.community.dev/">Google Developer Groups</a> about technologies like <a href="https://angular.io/">Angular</a> and <a href="https://firebase.google.com/">Firebase</a>. She joined Road to GDE to get new content ideas and walked away with a reaffirmed passion for teaching others to code: “I love software development, and I love Angular, and I feel more inspired than ever to share that knowledge.”</p><p data-block-key="8t7ta">Ezekias Bokove from the Republic of Benin joined “to become part of a community of passionate and experienced people” and improve his content production skills. “Thanks to the program, the quality of my content has improved significantly,” he says.</p><p data-block-key="1ohjf">Road to GDE also helps mentees connect with even more communities. “Through this program, I was able to reach more developers around the world,” says Ahmed Tikiwa from South Africa. “I started giving virtual talks to audiences in France, Croatia, Norway, Germany and the U.S. My network has grown tremendously.”</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="dhd4o">Supporting prospective GDEs</h3><p data-block-key="anrel">The mentors behind Road to GDE play a key role in the program, and their mentees’ success.</p><p data-block-key="cjpid"><a href="https://developers.google.com/learn/topics/dart">Dart</a> and <a href="https://flutter.dev/">Flutter</a> GDE <a href="https://developers.google.com/community/experts/directory/profile/profile-anna-leushchenko">Anna Leushchenko</a> from Ukraine helped her mentee build up their confidence and learn more about the GDE program and application process: “My mentee applied for the GDE program before the Road to GDE program ended,” says Anna. “I was so happy to learn they’ve already successfully passed the first step!”</p><p data-block-key="1jlvi">After completing the Road to GDE program, which included mentoring sessions with <a href="https://developers.google.com/community/experts/directory/profile/profile-debbie-o-brien">Debbie O’Brien</a>, Dominika Zajac from Poland became a <a href="https://developers.google.com/web">Web Technologies</a> GDE. “Debbie helped me improve my articles, lectures and social media content,” says Dominika. “With her guidance, I also understood the application process better and gained the confidence to pursue my path as a GDE.”</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="dhd4o">Join us on the Road to GDE</h3><p data-block-key="btb7j">Interested in the Road to GDE program? Applications are now open for the next cohort, happening August 31 to December 1. <a href="https://forms.gle/wmpEK47vhCyfwCKj9">Apply</a> by July 22!</p></div></div></body></html>Mon, 11 Jul 2022 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/technology/developers/road-to-gde-supporting-future-google-developer-experts/DevelopersDiversity and InclusionarticleRoad to GDE: Supporting future Google Developer ExpertsThe Road to GDE program is designed for developers from underrepresented groups in tech who want to become Google Developer Experts.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/GOOGLE_DevExpertsSummit2018_print_0176.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/technology/developers/road-to-gde-supporting-future-google-developer-experts/Justyna Politanska-PyszkoProgram ManagerIntroducing the first 50 recipients of the Latino Founders Fundhttps://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/entrepreneurs/latino-founders-fund-recipients/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="menqd"><b><i>Ver abajo versión en español</i></b></p><p data-block-key="cqf36">Since joining Google almost twelve years ago, it’s been a personal mission of mine to seek new ways for Google to provide access and opportunity to the Latino community. Most recently I've been focused on how we can provide this to the Latino startup community, where gaining access to funding — the necessary fuel to grow their companies – is a constant struggle. Latino-led businesses are the <a href="https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/organization/observances/hispanic-heritage-month-2021">fastest-growing segment of U.S. small businesses</a>, but as an aggregate they only receive <a href="https://news.crunchbase.com/startups/latinx-startup-founders-vc-funding-something-ventured/#:~:text=In%202021%2C%20%24205%20million%20went,to%20%241.3%20billion%20in%202021">2% of total U.S. venture capital funding</a>, despite comprising 20% of the U.S. population.</p><p data-block-key="2u7j4">This disparity is why we <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/entrepreneurs/investing-economic-equity-latinos/">committed $7 million last year</a> to help Latino founders grow their businesses and support the organizations already nurturing communities of Latino-led startups. We allocated $5 million of that funding to our inaugural Google for Startups Latino Founders Fund, and today at the UnidosUS Annual Conference in San Antonio, we revealed <a href="http://startup.google.com/latinofoundersfund">the 50 Latino founders who will each receive $100,000 in cash awards</a>. They’ll also receive hands-on support and mentorship from Googlers across the company, $100,000 in Google Cloud credits, and access to therapy sessions to use as needed for any support they may need emotionally and professionally.</p><p data-block-key="3tbvq">These Latino Founders Fund recipients have created amazing businesses that are already making a significant impact. They are helping solve some of the country’s biggest problems, from providing accessible, <a href="https://noulahealth.co/">personalized reproductive health</a> support to helping college graduates <a href="https://www.snowballwealth.com/">get out of debt</a> and creating a <a href="https://www.peopleclerk.com/">more equitable legal system</a> for Americans. Meet some of the recipients below, and read the full list of this year’s awardees <a href="https://startup.google.com/latinofoundersfund/">here.</a></p></div></div><div class="block-image_carousel"><div class="h-c-page article-module" data-component="uni-image-carousel"><div class="article-module glue-pagination h-c-carousel h-c-carousel--simple h-c-carousel--dark ng-cloak" data-glue-pagination-config="{cyclical: true}"><div class="h-c-carousel__wrap"><ul class="glue-carousel ng-cloak" data-glue-carousel-options="{pointerTypes: ['touch', 'mouse'], jump: true}"><li class="h-c-carousel__item article-carousel__slide"><figure class="h-c-grid"><div aria-label="Two women, one wearing a black shirt and one wearing a green shirt, sit side by side facing the camera in front of large green plants." class="article-carousel__slide-img h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1" style="background-image: url(https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Snowball_Wealth_.max-2000x2000.jpg);"><span class="h-u-visually-hidden">Two women, one wearing a black shirt and one wearing a green shirt, sit side by side facing the camera in front of large green plants.</span></div><figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col-l--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="nr4hl">Tanya Menendez and Pamela Martinez, cofounders of <a href="https://www.snowballwealth.com/about">Snowball Wealth</a></p></div></figcaption></figure></li><li class="h-c-carousel__item article-carousel__slide"><figure class="h-c-grid"><div aria-label="A woman wearing a blue shirt stands next to a man sitting in a chair behind a laptop." class="article-carousel__slide-img h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1" style="background-image: url(https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/storybookduo-1024x683.max-1100x1100.jpg);"><span class="h-u-visually-hidden">A woman wearing a blue shirt stands next to a man sitting in a chair behind a laptop.</span></div><figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col-l--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="nr4hl">Francisco Cornejo and Daniela Vega, cofounders of <a href="https://storybook-app.com/en/">Storybook</a></p></div></figcaption></figure></li><li class="h-c-carousel__item article-carousel__slide"><figure class="h-c-grid"><div aria-label="A woman with long brown hair and wearing a black turtleneck smiles at the camera in front of a large green plant." class="article-carousel__slide-img h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1" style="background-image: url(https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/NoelleAcostaNoulaHealth.max-2000x2000.jpg);"><span class="h-u-visually-hidden">A woman with long brown hair and wearing a black turtleneck smiles at the camera in front of a large green plant.</span></div><figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col-l--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="nr4hl">Noelle Acosta, founder of <a href="https://noulahealth.co/">Noula Health</a></p></div></figcaption></figure></li><li class="h-c-carousel__item article-carousel__slide"><figure class="h-c-grid"><div aria-label="A man wearing a gray suit stands with his arms crossed in front of a brick wall." class="article-carousel__slide-img h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1" style="background-image: url(https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Eric_Alvarez.max-2000x2000.jpg);"><span class="h-u-visually-hidden">A man wearing a gray suit stands with his arms crossed in front of a brick wall.</span></div><figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col-l--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="nr4hl">Eric Alvarez, founder of <a href="https://www.grapefruit.health/">Grapefruit Health</a></p></div></figcaption></figure></li><li class="h-c-carousel__item article-carousel__slide"><figure class="h-c-grid"><div aria-label="A woman with black hair smiles at the camera, wearing a black shirt." class="article-carousel__slide-img h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1" style="background-image: url(https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/DivySci-ArianaAbramson-Headshot.max-2000x2000.jpg);"><span class="h-u-visually-hidden">A woman with black hair smiles at the camera, wearing a black shirt.</span></div><figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col-l--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="83vl7">Ariana Abramson, founder of <a href="https://www.divysci.com/">DivySci Software</a></p></div></figcaption></figure></li><li class="h-c-carousel__item article-carousel__slide"><figure class="h-c-grid"><div aria-label='A man wearing a gray shirt with "USMC" in blue letters looks at the camera, in front of a Spanish-style building.' class="article-carousel__slide-img h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1" style="background-image: url(https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/clay-7.max-700x700.jpg);"><span class="h-u-visually-hidden">A man wearing a gray shirt with "USMC" in blue letters looks at the camera, in front of a Spanish-style building.</span></div><figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col-l--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="nr4hl">Clay Treska, cofounder of <a href="https://www.familyproud.com/">Family Proud</a></p></div></figcaption></figure></li><li class="h-c-carousel__item article-carousel__slide"><figure class="h-c-grid"><div aria-label="A woman with black hair sits angled towards the camera, wearing a pink blazer and top and blue jeans." class="article-carousel__slide-img h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1" style="background-image: url(https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Camille_Padilla_VODIUM_Headshot_1.max-1100x1100.png);"><span class="h-u-visually-hidden">A woman with black hair sits angled towards the camera, wearing a pink blazer and top and blue jeans.</span></div><figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col-l--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="nr4hl">Camille Padilla, founder of <a href="https://vodium.us/">VODIUM</a></p></div></figcaption></figure></li><li class="h-c-carousel__item article-carousel__slide"><figure class="h-c-grid"><div aria-label="A man wearing a blue shirt and baseball cap leans against a stone column in a park." class="article-carousel__slide-img h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1" style="background-image: url(https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/web-sizing-2.max-800x800.jpg);"><span class="h-u-visually-hidden">A man wearing a blue shirt and baseball cap leans against a stone column in a park.</span></div><figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col-l--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="nr4hl">Eli Rivera, cofounder of <a href="https://www.twout.org/">The Way Out</a></p></div></figcaption></figure></li><li class="h-c-carousel__item article-carousel__slide"><figure class="h-c-grid"><div aria-label='A woman with brown hair over her shoulders smiles at camera, wearing a black shirt that says "People Clerk" in white letters.' class="article-carousel__slide-img h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1" style="background-image: url(https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Camila_PeopleClerk.max-2000x2000.jpg);"><span class="h-u-visually-hidden">A woman with brown hair over her shoulders smiles at camera, wearing a black shirt that says "People Clerk" in white letters.</span></div><figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col-l--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="nr4hl">Camilla Lopez, founder of <a href="https://www.peopleclerk.com/">People Clerk</a></p></div></figcaption></figure></li><li class="h-c-carousel__item article-carousel__slide"><figure class="h-c-grid"><div aria-label="A man with dark hair, beard and mustache leans against a wall outside, wearing a light-colored button down shirt." class="article-carousel__slide-img h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1" style="background-image: url(https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Alejandro_Harb_Lena_Health.max-1200x1200.jpg);"><span class="h-u-visually-hidden">A man with dark hair, beard and mustache leans against a wall outside, wearing a light-colored button down shirt.</span></div><figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col-l--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="khcs9">Alejandro Harb, founder of <a href="https://www.lena.io/">Lena Health</a></p></div></figcaption></figure></li></ul><div class="h-c-carousel__paginate glue-pagination-previous uni-click-tracker" data-analytics='{ "event": "page interaction", "category": "interaction", "action": "image 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}'></div></div></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="lwkpi">We know having a robust network of support is critical to Latino founders’ success. That’s why we committed $1 million to supporting organizations that are dedicated to growing the Latino startup community. In the past few months, we connected founders across North and Latin America through our <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/entrepreneurs/miami-tech-hub/">partnership with eMerge Americas</a>. We <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/entrepreneurs/visible-hands-vhlx-accelerator/">teamed up with Visible Hands</a> to launch <a href="https://vhlx.visiblehands.vc/">VHLX</a>, a new program to support Latino entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of their process; those founders received $10,000 in cash stipends from Google to help kickstart their ideas. And we recently wrapped our first Latinx Leaders Summit with <a href="https://www.inicio.ventures/">Inicio Ventures</a>, and will host a series of pitch competitions for aspiring entrepreneurs later this year.</p><p data-block-key="k2ev">We’ve seen firsthand what happens when we support underrepresented founders with funding and community. For example, over the past two years, Google for Startups has provided $10 million in cash awards to 126 Black founders in the U.S. through our global <a href="https://about.google/stories/helping-black-entrepreneurs-around-the-world-succeed/">Black Founders Fund</a>. I’ve had the privilege of working directly with these incredible founders, who have collectively gone on to raise over $75 million in follow-on funding. In addition to follow-on funding, many report that the fund allowed them to attract customers and hire new teammates.</p><p data-block-key="dc6i1">I hope this funding and support will not only catalyze the growth of these 50 Latino-led startups, but also inspire other Latinos entrepreneurs to dream, create and innovate to showcase the talent of our community and change the course for their families and communities in the process.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="rvt7g"></h3><h3 data-block-key="et8jd">Presentamos a los primeros 50 beneficiarios del Fondo de Fundadores Latinos</h3><p data-block-key="buemg">Desde que me uní a Google hace casi doce años, mi misión personal ha sido buscar nuevas formas para que Google brinde acceso y oportunidades a la comunidad latina. Más recientemente, me he centrado en cómo podemos proporcionar esto a la comunidad latina de empresas emergentes, donde obtener acceso a la financiación, el combustible necesario para hacer crecer sus empresas, es una lucha constante. Las empresas lideradas por latinos son el <a href="https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/organization/observances/hispanic-heritage-month-2021">segmento de más rápido crecimiento de las pequeñas empresas de Estados Unidos</a>, pero en conjunto solo reciben <a href="https://news.crunchbase.com/startups/latinx-startup-founders-vc-funding-something-ventured/#:~:text=In%202021%2C%20%24205%20million%20went,to%20%241.3%20billion%20in%202021">el 2 % del financiamiento total de capital de riesgo</a> en Estados Unidos, a pesar de que representan el 20 % de la población del país.</p><p data-block-key="comff">Esta disparidad es la razón por la cual <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/entrepreneurs/investing-economic-equity-latinos/">comprometimos $7 millones el año pasado</a> para ayudar a los fundadores latinos a hacer crecer sus negocios y apoyar a las organizaciones que ya nutren comunidades de empresas emergentes dirigidas por latinos. Asignamos $5 millones de esa financiación a nuestro Fondo inaugural de Fundadores Latinos de Google for Startups y hoy en la Conferencia Anual de UnidosUS en San Antonio, anunciamos <a href="http://startup.google.com/latinofoundersfund">los 50 fundadores latinos que recibirán cada uno $100,000 en efectivo</a>. También recibirán apoyo práctico y tutoría de Googlers (empleados de Google) en toda la empresa, $100,000 en créditos de Google Cloud y acceso a sesiones de terapia para usar según sea necesario para cualquier apoyo que puedan necesitar emocional y profesionalmente.</p><p data-block-key="d9kca">Estos beneficiarios del Fondo de Fundadores Latinos han creado negocios increíbles que ya están teniendo un impacto significativo. Están ayudando a resolver algunos de los problemas más grandes del país, desde brindar <a href="https://noulahealth.co/">salud reproductiva accesible y personalizada,</a> ayudar a los graduados universitarios <a href="https://www.snowballwealth.com/">a salir de deudas</a> y crear un <a href="https://www.peopleclerk.com/">sistema legal más equitativo</a> para los estadounidenses. Lee la lista completa de los galardonados de este año <a href="https://startup.google.com/latinofoundersfund/">aquí.</a></p><p data-block-key="2jc2">Sabemos que tener una sólida red de apoyo es fundamental para el éxito de los fundadores latinos. Es por eso que comprometimos $1 millón para apoyar a organizaciones que se dedican a hacer crecer la comunidad latina de empresas emergentes. En los últimos meses, conectamos a fundadores de América del Norte y América Latina a través de nuestra <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/entrepreneurs/miami-tech-hub/">asociación con eMerge Americas</a>. Nos asociamos con <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/entrepreneurs/visible-hands-vhlx-accelerator/">Visible Hands</a> para lanzar <a href="https://vhlx.visiblehands.vc/">VHLX</a>, un nuevo programa para apoyar a los empresarios latinos en las primeras etapas de su proceso; esos fundadores recibieron $10,000 en estipendios en efectivo de Google para ayudarlos a poner en marcha sus ideas. Y recientemente finalizamos nuestra primera Cumbre de Líderes Latinx con <a href="https://www.inicio.ventures/">Inicio Ventures</a>, y organizaremos una serie de concursos de lanzamiento para aspirantes a empresarios a finales de este año.</p><p data-block-key="7ogn5">Hemos visto de primera mano lo que sucede cuando apoyamos a los fundadores subrepresentados con fondos y comunidad. Por ejemplo, en los últimos dos años, Google for Startups ha otorgado $10 millones en premios en efectivo a 126 fundadores afroamericanos en los Estados Unidos a través de nuestro <a href="https://about.google/stories/helping-black-entrepreneurs-around-the-world-succeed/">Black Founders Fund</a>. He tenido el privilegio de trabajar directamente con estos increíbles fundadores, quienes colectivamente recaudaron más de $75 millones en fondos de seguimiento. Además de la financiación de seguimiento, muchos informan que el fondo les permitió atraer clientes y contratar nuevos compañeros de equipo.</p><p data-block-key="dthon">Espero que este financiamiento y apoyo no solo catalice el crecimiento de estas 50 nuevas empresas lideradas por latinos, sino que también inspire a otros empresarios latinos a soñar, crear e innovar para mostrar el talento de nuestra comunidad y cambiar el rumbo de sus familias y comunidades en el proceso.</p></div></div></body></html>Mon, 11 Jul 2022 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/entrepreneurs/latino-founders-fund-recipients/Grow with GoogleDiversity and InclusionEntrepreneursarticleIntroducing the first 50 recipients of the Latino Founders FundThey will each receive $100,000 in cash awards, hands-on support from Googlers and $100,000 in Google Cloud credits.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Latino_Founders_Fund_.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/entrepreneurs/latino-founders-fund-recipients/Daniel NavarroGoogle for StartupsHelping AI startups grow in Africahttps://blog.google/around-the-globe/google-africa/helping-ai-startups-grow-in-africa/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="qjozt">In 2016, Dr. Anicia Peters discovered a problem. Dr. Peters, a researcher with the University of Namibia and chairperson of the Presidential Task Force on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, noticed that machine learning (ML) startups were not able to grow or shift quickly enough. She believed that early career, self-taught techmakers in the field lacked the necessary breadth and design fundamentals to successfully launch their businesses.</p><p data-block-key="74lnn">Dr. Peters saw a need to teach these fundamentals in a way that would be shareable across the region. The University of Namibia needed to develop a course that would address the need for African AI expertise and, therefore, the needs of these startups. However, that would require funding.</p><p data-block-key="1k3la">In 2020, Dr. Peters learned of Google’s new pilot funding program, the <a href="https://research.google/outreach/air-program/">Award for Inclusion Research Program</a> (AIR), managed by the University Relations team within Google Research. They had an open call for applications. Dr. Peters believed securing funding and mentorship from Google's AIR pilot program would help maximize the impact of the AI startups, break down barriers and bridge connections.</p><p data-block-key="47br6">“You have to start small, so it's hard to convince funders who are looking for big numbers,” Peters says. “You know, how many people are you going to be impacting? Namibia has few people compared to other countries.” However, Google’s AIR program saw the potential for immediate and long-term impact and selected Dr. Peters for the award.</p><p data-block-key="efnhj">The funding enabled her to hire a staff member to manage the day-to-day operations of the program. This allowed her team to focus their work on social justice, specifically on inclusion, and ethics, increasing the numbers of African developers and ensuring anyone in Africa could access the resources needed to train as a developer. This funding helped secure these resources and meant they could invite experts to virtually teach, share knowledge and collaborate. “That’s part of what Google does through the University Relations program,” Peters adds. “They enable African university research and tech development.”</p><p data-block-key="4ql6n">Dr. Peters had big plans to expand this project to other countries across Africa. Thanks to the relationships established through the AIR grant, she secured an additional Google research grant and recruited additional staff members to help with expansion. This expansion allowed the University of Namibia, which has a strong focus on agriculture, to develop AI technologies in partnership with their agricultural department.</p><p data-block-key="erqam">“At one stage I was saying – Google if you want to come and help us, in Africa, then you have to join hands with those of us on the continent,” Peters says. “And I think that for me, this is one of the main messages: that now we are really walking the path together. That, for me, is very important. It's the beginning of great things to come."</p><p data-block-key="b08g2">Google is currently accepting applications for the <a href="https://research.google/outreach/air-program/">Award for Inclusion Research Program</a>. Applications close July 13, 2022 at 11:59pm coordinated universal time (UTC-12).</p></div></div></body></html>Mon, 11 Jul 2022 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/around-the-globe/google-africa/helping-ai-startups-grow-in-africa/Google in AfricaResearcharticleHelping AI startups grow in AfricaHow Google’s new pilot funding program, the Award for Inclusion Research, is supporting tech startup growth in Africa.Googlehttps://blog.google/around-the-globe/google-africa/helping-ai-startups-grow-in-africa/Ashley GardnerProgram ManagerJaqui HermanProgram ManagerEid.day: Celebrating and honoring the Muslim communityhttps://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/diversity/eidday-celebrating-and-honoring-the-muslim-community/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="kbd2i">One Eid, about a decade ago, my parents shared an invaluable lesson with me: “Whatever you share with others, if given in good faith, will never be redacted from your possessions.” Carrying on an Abrahamic tradition, my parents taught me that Eid Al-Adha — a Muslim holiday that falls on July 10 this year — is just as much an annual celebration as it is an annual reminder of personal sacrifice and communal responsibility.</p><p data-block-key="74kd1">This year, I’m most excited about giving thanks through prayer alongside 1.9 billion fellow Muslims around the world. I plan to use that time to reflect and renew my intention to enrich the lives of others through sacrifice — of money, time and resources. And there’s no reason why non-Muslims can’t join in these celebrations of reflection and giving.</p><p data-block-key="4s3jg">That’s why I was happy to learn about <a href="http://eid.day/">eid.day</a> — a comprehensive and friendly resource by <a href="https://yaqeeninstitute.org/">Yaqeen Institute</a>, a nonprofit organization that produces Islamic research in creative ways. When the <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/entrepreneurs/today-dotday/">.day top-level domain</a> first launched, the Google Registry team worked with Yaqeen Institute to help them register <a href="http://eid.day/">eid.day</a> and <a href="http://ramadan.day/">ramadan.day</a>. These resources provide a look into key Islamic holidays, their significance, how they’re traditionally observed and the differences between them (like the differences between Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha).</p><p data-block-key="efr09">So this Eid, I hope you’ll take a moment to visit <a href="http://eid.day/">eid.day</a> to learn about the array of traditions, stories and celebrations that beautifully intertwine the Muslim community. Even small gestures like an “Eid Mubarak” email, can go a long way in connecting with a Muslim colleague or friend. By bringing awareness to these traditions, I hope we can inch closer to welcoming, celebrating and uplifting the Muslim narrative globally.</p><p data-block-key="6qbct">From me and our Google team, Eid Mubarak!</p></div></div><div class="block-perspective_qa"><div class="uni-related-article-tout h-c-page" data-component="uni-related-article-tout"><section class="h-c-grid"><a class="uni-related-article-tout__wrapper h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-m--6 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-m--offset-3 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 uni-click-tracker" data-analytics='{ "event": "page interaction", "category": "article lead", "action": "related article - inline", "label": "article: today-dotday" }' href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/entrepreneurs/today-dotday/"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__inner-wrapper"><p class="uni-related-article-tout__eyebrow h-c-eyebrow">Read Article</p><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image" style="background-image: url('https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/day_illustration2_Thumbnail.max-500x500.jpg')"></div></div><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content"><h4 class="uni-related-article-tout__header h-has-bottom-margin">Today is the .day</h4><p class="uni-related-article-tout__body">.day, the latest top-level domain extension from Google Registry, helps you bring attention to any important day</p><div class="cta module-cta h-c-copy uni-related-article-tout__cta muted"><span class="nowrap">Read Article<svg class="icon h-c-icon" role="presentation"><use xlink:href="#mi-arrow-forward" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"></use></svg></span></div></div></div></div></a></section></div></div><div class="block-perspective_qa"><div class="uni-related-article-tout h-c-page" data-component="uni-related-article-tout"><section class="h-c-grid"><a class="uni-related-article-tout__wrapper h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-m--6 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-m--offset-3 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 uni-click-tracker" data-analytics='{ "event": "page interaction", "category": "article lead", "action": "related article - inline", "label": "article: supporting-fatherhood-on-fathersday" }' href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/nonprofits/supporting-fatherhood-on-fathersday/"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__inner-wrapper"><p class="uni-related-article-tout__eyebrow h-c-eyebrow">Read Article</p><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image" style="background-image: url('https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/PXL_20211231_225107889.max-500x500.jpg')"></div></div><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content"><h4 class="uni-related-article-tout__header h-has-bottom-margin">Supporting fatherhood on fathers.day</h4><p class="uni-related-article-tout__body">This Father’s Day, the Google Registry team is highlighting fathers.day, a fatherhood resource from the experts at Fatherly. Fatherly is using the .day top-level domain …</p><div class="cta module-cta h-c-copy uni-related-article-tout__cta muted"><span class="nowrap">Read Article<svg class="icon h-c-icon" role="presentation"><use xlink:href="#mi-arrow-forward" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"></use></svg></span></div></div></div></div></a></section></div></div><div class="block-perspective_qa"><div class="uni-related-article-tout h-c-page" data-component="uni-related-article-tout"><section class="h-c-grid"><a class="uni-related-article-tout__wrapper h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-m--6 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-m--offset-3 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 uni-click-tracker" data-analytics='{ "event": "page interaction", "category": "article lead", "action": "related article - inline", "label": "article: mothersdotday" }' href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/nonprofits/mothersdotday/"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__inner-wrapper"><p class="uni-related-article-tout__eyebrow h-c-eyebrow">Read Article</p><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image" style="background-image: url('https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/GR-Fact_2-Hero_2096_x_1183-no_text.gif')"></div></div><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content"><h4 class="uni-related-article-tout__header h-has-bottom-margin">Mothers.day: Highlighting inequality in maternal health</h4><p class="uni-related-article-tout__body">Mothers.day is dedicated to highlighting inequities in maternal health and helping families at different stages of their parenthood journey.</p><div class="cta module-cta h-c-copy uni-related-article-tout__cta muted"><span class="nowrap">Read Article<svg class="icon h-c-icon" role="presentation"><use xlink:href="#mi-arrow-forward" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"></use></svg></span></div></div></div></div></a></section></div></div><div class="block-perspective_qa"><div class="uni-related-article-tout h-c-page" data-component="uni-related-article-tout"><section class="h-c-grid"><a class="uni-related-article-tout__wrapper h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-m--6 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-m--offset-3 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 uni-click-tracker" data-analytics='{ "event": "page interaction", "category": "article lead", "action": "related article - inline", "label": "article: nativenonprofitday-native-led-organizations" }' href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/nonprofits/nativenonprofitday-native-led-organizations/"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__inner-wrapper"><p class="uni-related-article-tout__eyebrow h-c-eyebrow">Read Article</p><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image-wrapper"><div class="uni-related-article-tout__image" style="background-image: url('https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Native_Nonprofit_Day_image.max-500x500.png')"></div></div><div class="uni-related-article-tout__content"><h4 class="uni-related-article-tout__header h-has-bottom-margin">NativeNonprofit.day highlights Native-led organizations</h4><p class="uni-related-article-tout__body">The NWF has partnered with Google Registry to launch the domain NativeNonprofit.day to drive awareness for Native-led nonprofits.</p><div class="cta module-cta h-c-copy uni-related-article-tout__cta muted"><span class="nowrap">Read Article<svg class="icon h-c-icon" role="presentation"><use xlink:href="#mi-arrow-forward" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"></use></svg></span></div></div></div></div></a></section></div></div></body></html>Fri, 08 Jul 2022 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/diversity/eidday-celebrating-and-honoring-the-muslim-community/Diversity and InclusionarticleEid.day: Celebrating and honoring the Muslim communityVisit eid.day to learn more about Eid Al-Adha and other key Muslim holidays.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Image_20220701_012633.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/diversity/eidday-celebrating-and-honoring-the-muslim-community/Alaa AissiInterbelief Network Lead, Policy Enforcement Manager–YouTubeBringing art to the streets with pop legends BTShttps://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/arts-culture/bringing-art-to-the-streets-with-pop-legends-bts/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="3k829">July 9th is a special day for 21st century pop icons BTS’ fans. It’s the birthday of the ARMY (Adorable Representative M.C. of Youth) — the ever-growing fan group dedicated to the band. To help celebrate the occasion, Google Arts &amp; Culture is launching a unique collaboration with BTS: <a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/experiment/GAF29KhE_DxEnA?e">BTS x Street Galleries</a>.</p><p data-block-key="e9bdd">This collaboration will take fans on a Street View tour of the cities and buildings that hold special memories for BTS, from the United Nations in New York City to the Chunggu Building in Seoul, where BTS' stories began. In each of these locations, fans will be able to create their own Street Gallery, with artworks curated by the band, based on values that are close to their heart, alongside exclusive photographs and creations by RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, V, Jimin, Jung Kook.</p><p data-block-key="3i3va">Bridging art and pop culture, <i>BTS x Street Galleries</i> will bring a great variety of artworks, from <a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/-moon-jar/NQEj0vfFJy9_yg?e">18th-century Korean “moon jars”</a> to<a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/JAFnUOPVHaNgxg?e&amp;childassetid=0wFKia-kJebXMA">Caravaggio paintings</a>, to a wider audience. It’s also an opportunity for fans to personalize their relationship with the band, their favorite art, and the places that have meant so much in the BTS story.</p><p data-block-key="8s4tq">Whether you find yourself placing j-hope’s favorite painting on the United Nations building, or maneuvering one of SUGA’s own drawings on the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, you’ll be taking part in a wider conversation about art, public space and community. Yet, in this case, it’s an experience made possible by the collaboration of cultural institutions from around the world with Google Street View technology.</p><p data-block-key="fbd44">Google and YouTube have taken the ARMY Day celebrations one step further with even more fun. Just search for BTS and click on the purple balloon to hear a few special messages from your favorite band members. What's more, BTS unveiled a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/HqED_xzgr_0">teaser video</a> announcing the July 13th release date of the <a href="https://blog.youtube/news-and-events/bts-unveil-global-mybtstory-challenge-exclusively-on-youtube-shorts/">#MyBTStory</a> “ARMY Tribute Video,” marking the culmination of the month-long Shorts challenge that had ARMY sharing some of their favorite BTS memories from the past nine years.</p><p data-block-key="61sls">Ready to explore <i>BTS x Street Galleries</i> and learn about the band’s favorite artworks? Head over to <a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/experiment/GAF29KhE_DxEnA?e">g.co/BTSstreetgalleries</a> right away.<a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/experiment/GAF29KhE_DxEnA?e">BTS x Street Galleries</a>.</p></div></div></body></html>Fri, 08 Jul 2022 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/arts-culture/bringing-art-to-the-streets-with-pop-legends-bts/Arts & CulturearticleBringing art to the streets with pop legends BTSTeam up with pop icons BTS and create your own Street Gallery with art and photographs curated by the band.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/BTS_x_Street_Galleries_Hero_Image_bD1MMjk.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/arts-culture/bringing-art-to-the-streets-with-pop-legends-bts/Pamela Peter-AgbiaProgram Manager, Google Arts & Culture54 Doodle for Google winners showcase self-carehttps://blog.google/products/search/54-doodle-for-google-winners-showcase-self-care/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="877vv">In January, we asked students across the U.S. to submit their ideas for the <a href="https://blog.google/inside-google/doodles/doodle-for-google-2022/">14th annual Doodle for Google</a> contest. This year, we invited K-12 students to answer the prompt “I care for myself by…” through their art.</p><p data-block-key="7bgbd">We were amazed by the submissions we received. Across ages, students showcased how they cultivate self-care practices in thoughtful and intentional ways. Young artists shared a range of helpful strategies including spending time in nature, being active, taking part in creative hobbies and spending time with loved ones. Given the challenging nature of the past few years, we were really inspired to see the many ways students have been nurturing their spirits and building resilience.</p><p data-block-key="fludd">Today, we’re announcing our 54 state and territory winners. To celebrate their achievements, we sent each of the 54 students Google hardware and swag, and held celebrations in their hometowns to showcase their artwork.</p><p data-block-key="6ld8j">Head to <a href="http://doodle4google.com/">doodle4google.com</a> to see the full gallery of all 54 state and territory winners and vote for your favorite Doodles by July 12th. Your vote helps determine who will go on to become one of our five national finalists — one of whom will become our national winner.</p><p data-block-key="fqli0">Congratulations again to the 2022 Doodle for Google state and territory winners!</p></div></div></body></html>Thu, 07 Jul 2022 15:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/search/54-doodle-for-google-winners-showcase-self-care/EducationDoodlesarticle54 Doodle for Google winners showcase self-careThe 2022 Doodle for Google State and Territory winners are here!https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/D4G_Family_2.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/search/54-doodle-for-google-winners-showcase-self-care/Selly SallahBrand StudioAn update on our work in responsible innovationhttps://blog.google/technology/ai/an-update-on-our-work-in-responsible-innovation/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="gbb95">Over the last year, we’ve seen artificial intelligence (AI) systems advance our work in areas like <a href="https://blog.google/products/pixel/image-equity-real-tone-pixel-6-photos/">inclusive product development</a> and support for <a href="https://blog.google/products/maps/how-ai-and-imagery-build-self-updating-map/">small businesses</a> and <a href="https://grow.google/certificates/interview-warmup/">job seekers</a>. We’ve also seen its potential to be helpful in addressing major global needs — like <a href="https://blog.google/technology/ai/expanding-our-ml-based-flood-forecasting/">forecasting</a> and planning <a href="https://blog.google/around-the-globe/google-africa/using-ai-to-map-africas-buildings/">humanitarian responses</a> to natural disasters, <a href="https://blog.google/intl/en-au/company-news/outreach-initiatives/protecting-our-reef-with-csiro/">addressing global environmental</a> challenges, and delivering groundbreaking <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02025-4">scientific research</a>.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="gbb95">AI is exciting — both from a technical perspective and when considering its underlying social benefits. And yet, to fully realize AI’s potential, it must be developed responsibly, thoughtfully and in a way that gives deep consideration to core ethical questions. After all, the promise of great reward inherently involves risk — and we’re committed to ethically developing AI in a way that is socially beneficial.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="gbb95">Our <a href="http://ai.google/principles">AI Principles</a> guide how we integrate AI research into Google’s products and services and engage with external partners. Internally, we implement the Principles, every day, through education programs, AI ethics reviews and technical tools. There are more than 200 Googlers across the company whose full-time roles are to operationalize responsible practices for developing AI.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="gbb95">We’re committed to sharing our lessons learned so others across the industry can learn, too (see our posts from <a href="https://www.blog.google/technology/ai/google-ai-principles-updates-six-months/">2018,</a> <a href="https://www.blog.google/technology/ai/responsible-ai-principles/">2019</a>, <a href="https://blog.google/technology/ai/update-work-ai-responsible-innovation/">2020</a> and <a href="https://blog.google/technology/ai/update-our-progress-responsible-ai-innovation/#:~:text=Over%20the%20past%20year%2C%20responsibly,and%20protected%20wildlife%20after%20bushfires.">2021</a>, and our in-depth annual <a href="https://ai.google/responsibilities/review-process/#:~:text=the%20current%20process.-,annual%20updates,-AI%20Principles%202021">AI Principles Progress Updates</a>).</p><p data-block-key="eglv1"></p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="gbb95">Internal education</h3></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="gbb95">It’s important to craft principles, but putting them into practice requires both training and constant dialogue.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="gbb95">Launched in late 2019, to date more than 32,000 employees across Google have engaged in AI Principles training. Given our growing understanding of effective hybrid and remote learning, we continue to expand and modify the courses. For example, this year we adapted our popular four-part Tech Ethics self-study course to a one-part deep dive based on Googler feedback. Similarly, we launched the <a href="https://blog.google/technology/ai/crossword-puzzle-big-purpose/">Responsible Innovation Challenge</a> — taken by more than 13,000 employees — as a series of engaging online puzzles, quizzes and games to raise awareness of the AI Principles and measure employees' retention of ethical concepts, such as avoiding unfair bias.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="gbb95">We also piloted a new Moral Imagination workshop, a two-day, live-video immersive set of activities for product teams to walk through the ethical implications of potential AI products. To date, 248 Googlers across 23 Google product and research teams have taken the workshop, resulting in deeper, ongoing AI ethics consultations on product development.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="gbb95">As we develop internal training, we’re committed to incorporating the input of both Googlers and outside experts. This year, when we launched a live workshop to educate our internal user experience and product teams on the concept of <a href="https://blog.google/inside-google/googlers/ask-techspert-how-do-machine-learning-models-explain-themselves/">AI explainability</a>, we first piloted the workshop with outside experts at the international <a href="https://summit.ttclabs.net/">Trust, Transparency and Control Labs</a> summit in May.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="gbb95">We believe this approach complements programs like our internal AI Principles Ethics Fellows program, a six-month fellowship that this year involved Googlers from 17 different global offices. We also just launched a version of the fellowship program tailored for senior leaders.</p><p data-block-key="5pgh6"></p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="gbb95">Putting the Principles into practice</h3></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="gbb95">Our approach to responsible AI innovation starts early, before teams plan a new AI application. When a team starts to build a machine learning (ML) model, dataset or product feature, they can attend office hours with experts to ask questions and engage in analyses using responsible AI <a href="https://www.tensorflow.org/responsible_ai?hl=en">tools</a> that Google develops, or seek adversarial proactive fairness <a href="https://www.blog.google/inside-google/googlers/meet-3-women-who-test-google-products-fairness/">(ProFair) testing.</a> Pre-launch, a team then can request an AI Principles review.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="gbb95">AI Principles reviewers are in place to implement a structured assessment to identify, measure and analyze potential risk of harm. The risk rating focuses on the extent to which people and society may be impacted if solutions did not exist or were to fail. Reviewers also consider a growing body of lessons from thousands of previous AI Principles reviews conducted since 2019.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="gbb95">When reviewers find medium- to high-risk issues, such as product exclusion or a potential privacy or security concern, they work with the teams to address these issues. Reviews either result in an approval, approval with conditions or recommendations, or non-approval. New AI applications that might affect multiple product areas are escalated to the Advanced Technology Review Council — a group of senior research, product and business leaders who make the final decision.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="gbb95">To supplement the expertise of our internal AI Principles group members, we often incorporate trusted external advisors. For example, a team was incorporating AI to help build a <a href="https://dynamicworld.app/">near real-time dataset</a> to enable reliable measurement of global land cover for environmental and social benefit. They submitted for <a href="https://ai.google/static/documents/case-study-dynamic-world.pdf">AI Principles review</a> and then collaborated with the review team to design several safeguards. The review team also worked with third-party experts at the <a href="https://www.wri.org/about">World Resources Institute</a> and <a href="https://www.bsr.org/en/about">BSR</a>. Following the example of the European Commission’s <a href="https://www.copernicus.eu/en">Copernicus mission’s</a> open <a href="https://sentinel.esa.int/documents/247904/690755/sentinel_data_legal_notice">data and services</a> terms, the product team applied open data principles, making the ML model’s <a href="https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.933475">training</a> and <a href="https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4766508">test data</a> used to create the dataset, as well as the dataset itself, freely available under CC-BY-4.0, and the <a href="https://github.com/google/dynamicworld">model available on Github</a> under an Apache 2.0 license. We recently released a <a href="https://ai.google/static/documents/case-study-dynamic-world.pdf">Codelab</a> for developers to walk through the ethics review process and apply learnings to their own projects.</p></div></div><div class="block-video"><div class="h-c-page h-c-page--mobile-full-bleed"><div class="h-c-grid"><div class="h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col-l--10 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-1"><div class="article-module uni-article-video uni-article-video--body" data-component="uni-article-yt-player" data-page-title="" data-video-id="S75NcDqbPbI"><div class="uni-article-video__embed-container hidden"><div id="uni-article-yt-player-S75NcDqbPbI"></div></div><figure><a class="h-c-video h-c-video--marquee uni-article-video__custom-wrapper" role="link" tabindex="0"><div class="uni-article-video__aspect-image"><img alt="A video explaining Google's AI Principles Review process" src="//img.youtube.com/vi/S75NcDqbPbI/maxresdefault.jpg"/><div class="uni-article-video__dimmer"></div><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button--active" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button_no_hole"></use></svg><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button"></use></svg><div class="uni-article-video__duration loading"><svg class="uni-article-video__duration-icon" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_duration"></use></svg><span class="uni-article-video__duration-time">10:25</span></div></div></a><figb class="uni-article-video__caption h-c-page"><p aria-hidden="true">Google’s AI Principles Review Process: How we assess new AI research and applications for alignment with our Principles</p></figb></figure></div></div></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0is2r">Projects such as research methods for evaluating misinformation and datasets that need more diverse representation tend to receive conditions to proceed toward a launch. A recurring condition given to teams is to engage in ProFair testing with people from a diversity of backgrounds, often in partnership with our central Product Inclusion and Equity team. This year, the number of ProFair consultations increased annually by 100%. A recurring approach is to create and release detailed documentation in the form of<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYK6fkODXNU">data cards</a> and <a href="https://modelcards.withgoogle.com/about">model cards</a> for transparency and accountability. The number of AI Principles reviews with model or data card mitigations increased 68% in the last year.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0is2r">As we’ve stated, we’ve embedded customized AI governance and review committees within certain product areas (like Cloud and Health). As a result, both the Health Ethics Committee and Cloud make decisions with specialized expertise, such as establishing policies for potentially winding down the <a href="https://www.google.com/covid19/mobility/">Covid-19 Community Mobility Reports</a> and the <a href="https://ai.googleblog.com/2021/10/an-ml-based-framework-for-covid-19.html">Covid-19 Forecaster</a>, respectively, if situations arise that might cause the data quality to degrade. This year, we extended this specialized approach and created a dedicated consumer hardware AI Principles review process.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0is2r">It’s important to note that product teams across Google engage in everyday responsible AI practices even if not in formal reviews. <a href="https://blog.youtube/inside-youtube/inside-responsibility-whats-next-on-our-misinfo-efforts/">YouTube</a> is leveraging a more targeted mix of classifiers, keywords in additional languages, and information from regional analysts. This work is a result of collaboration with our researchers who focus on new tools for AI fairness. The Photos team participated in an <a href="https://blog.google/technology/ai/update-our-progress-responsible-ai-innovation/#:~:text=equitable%20ai%20research%20roundtables%20(earr)%2C">Equitable AI Research Roundtable (EARR)</a> with a group of external advisors on potential fairness considerations. And the Gboard team deployed a new, <a href="https://ai.googleblog.com/2021/12/a-scalable-approach-for-partially-local.html">privacy-by-design</a> approach to federated machine learning. These examples did not stem from AI Principles reviews, but reflect the adoption of the AI Principles across Google.</p><p data-block-key="1t5bc"></p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="0is2r">Tools and research</h3></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0is2r">In early 2022, to offer easier access to our publications on responsible AI, we curated an <a href="https://research.google/pubs/?collection=responsible-ai">external collection</a> of more than 200 research papers focused on the topic. We continue to launch, refine and consolidate technical resources, including proactive tools like:</p><ul><li data-block-key="13us6">The <a href="https://skintone.google/">Monk Skin Tone Scale</a>, developed by Harvard University Sociology Professor Dr. Ellis Monk. The scale offers a spectrum of skin tones from all around the world for use in evaluating and addressing fairness considerations in AI.</li><li data-block-key="8f0is">The <a href="https://knowyourdata.withgoogle.com/">Know Your Data</a> tool (KYD), which helps developers with tasks such as quickly identifying issues in fairness, and which has integrated the Monk Scale to help developers examine skin tone data for unfair bias.</li><li data-block-key="9s4kc">The <a href="https://pair-code.github.io/lit/">Language Interpretability Tool</a>, or LIT, to help developers probe an ML model, now with a <a href="https://arxiv.org/abs/1711.11279">new method</a> to better understand, test and debug its behaviors.</li><li data-block-key="b2e4h"><a href="https://www.tensorflow.org/responsible_ai/model_remediation/counterfactual/guide/counterfactual_overview?hl=en">Counterfactual Logit Pairing</a>, which helps ensure that a model’s prediction doesn’t change when sensitive attributes or identity terms referenced in an example are removed or replaced, now added to the <a href="https://www.tensorflow.org/responsible_ai/model_remediation">TensorFlow Model Remediation Library</a> (see the <a href="https://arxiv.org/abs/1809.10610">research paper</a> for more).</li><li data-block-key="7en0c">And to help teams measure their progress against the AI Principles, we’re piloting an internal tool to help teams assess how ML models were developed in accordance with emerging smart practices, previous reviews, and our growing body of ethics, fairness, and human-rights work.</li></ul></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0is2r">Many responsible AI tools developed by researchers are actively in use by product teams at Google. For example, Photos, Pixel and Image Search are leveraging the Monk Skin Tone Scale.</p><p data-block-key="d6rkk"></p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="0is2r">External engagement</h3></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0is2r">Ensuring the responsible development and deployment of AI is an ongoing process. We believe it should be a collaborative one, too, so we remain deeply engaged with governments across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and the U.S. to advocate for AI regulation that supports innovation around the world for businesses of all sizes. We share our approach to responsible AI and <a href="https://ai.google/static/documents/google-response-to-nist-ai-risk-management-framework-rfi.pdf">recommendations</a>, <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12527-Artificial-intelligence-ethical-and-legal-requirements/F2662492_en">comments</a> and <a href="https://ai.google/static/documents/google-ostp-biometrics-rfi.pdf">responses</a> to open requests for information. We also initiated and are leading an effort with the <a href="https://www.iso.org/home.html">International Standards Organization</a> (ISO/IEC PWI TS 17866) to share best practice guidance for the development of AI.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0is2r">As these efforts look toward the future, Responsible AI needs to be supported across industries today. So for current Google Cloud Partners and customers seeking best practices to help with the responsible implementation and AI governance in their organization, we added responsible AI prerequisites to the Google Cloud Partner Advantage <a href="https://cloud.google.com/find-a-partner/?specializations=Machine%20Learning%20-%20Services">ML Specialization</a>, including a newly-released training, “<a href="https://www.cloudskillsboost.google/course_templates/388">Applying AI Principles with Google Cloud</a>.”</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0is2r">To help nurture the next generation of responsible AI practitioners, we launched a free <a href="https://blog.google/technology/ai/discover-ai-in-daily-life/">introduction</a> to AI and machine learning for K-12 students. And we continue to develop an external Responsible Innovation Fellowship program in the U.S. for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0is2r">Our approach to responsible innovation also means keeping an eye on emerging markets where AI is being developed. We launched a new <a href="https://blog.google/technology/ai/investing-in-eastern-europes-ai-future/">AI research center in Bulgaria</a> and expanded <a href="https://blog.google/around-the-globe/google-africa/supporting-growth-in-africa/">support for African entrepreneurs</a> whose businesses use AI through our <a href="https://startup.google.com/accelerator/africa/">Google for Startups Accelerator: Africa</a>.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0is2r">The examples we’re sharing today are a sampling of our ongoing commitment to responsible innovation. They also reflect our ability to change and keep setting a high bar for trustworthy AI standards for our company. We remain dedicated to sharing helpful information on Google’s journey, as recommended practices for responsible AI continue to emerge and evolve.</p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 06 Jul 2022 18:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/technology/ai/an-update-on-our-work-in-responsible-innovation/AIarticleAn update on our work in responsible innovationTo fully realize AI’s potential, it must be developed responsibly, thoughtfully and in a way that gives deep consideration to core ethical questions.Googlehttps://blog.google/technology/ai/an-update-on-our-work-in-responsible-innovation/Marian VP, Responsible AI and Human-Centered TechnologyJen GennaiDirector of Responsible InnovationSupporting news innovation in the Asia Pacific regionhttps://blog.google/around-the-globe/google-asia/gni-innovation-2022/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="ubtbm">News organizations in Asia Pacific are at the forefront of innovation when it comes to connecting with readers and exploring new business models. We’ve seen this first-hand, working with partners across the region and heard great ideas for encouraging a more sustainable news industry.</p><p data-block-key="fdqla">To support this innovation, today we’re pleased to announce the third Asia Pacific <a href="https://newsinitiative.withgoogle.com/innovation-challenges/how-to-apply/apac/#introduction">Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge</a>, as part of our ongoing commitment to support the news industry around the world.</p><p data-block-key="7koag">Applications are open to news organizations of all sizes for projects that focus on innovation in the news industry. Previous rounds of the Innovation Challenge supported more than <a href="https://newsinitiative.withgoogle.com/info/innovation-challenges/funding/">30 publishers</a> across APAC to develop sustainable business models by diversifying revenue streams and increasing audience engagement.</p><p data-block-key="398jj">Some past recipients include:</p><ul><li data-block-key="d4tjp">The <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/google-news-initiative/news-minute-turns-fans-members/?_ga=2.259013322.1190051931.1656477412-1381088100.1649565728">News Minute</a> in India launched a membership program to turn fans into members.</li><li data-block-key="h0k1">South Korea’s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95AkjRa9dXw">Busan Daily</a> used AI to gain a new understanding of audience preferences and introduced personalization to onsite search, deepening engagement and increasing conversions.</li><li data-block-key="191j7"><a href="https://theconversation.com/au">The Conversation</a> in Australia developed new community standards and tools to make conversations on its platform safer, more inclusive and constructive.</li><li data-block-key="c1jpv">In Pakistan, <a href="https://thecurrent.pk/">The Current</a> built a new membership model and tested an alternate stream of revenue for digital news startups.</li><li data-block-key="f7jns">In Japan, <a href="https://www.blog.google/around-the-globe/google-asia/here-are-winners-gni-innovation-challenge-asia-pacific/">Asahi Shimbun</a> focused on tipping and donations as new means of reader revenue.</li><li data-block-key="44iee"><a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/google-news-initiative/kumparan-indonesia-social-impact/?_ga=2.267786702.1190051931.1656477412-1381088100.1649565728">Kumparan</a> in Indonesia created a donation process so people can pledge money directly from news platforms.</li><li data-block-key="f4j0u">The women-run rural news outlet <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/google-news-initiative/rural-india-world-these-women-make-news/?_ga=2.221593176.1190051931.1656477412-1381088100.1649565728">Khabar Lahariya</a> in India made the transition to digital, reaching new readers and building a stronger business.</li></ul></div></div><div class="block-video"><div class="h-c-page h-c-page--mobile-full-bleed"><div class="h-c-grid"><div class="h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col-l--10 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-1"><div class="article-module uni-article-video uni-article-video--body" data-component="uni-article-yt-player" data-page-title="" data-video-id="1iSz_rXJcoU"><div class="uni-article-video__embed-container hidden"><div id="uni-article-yt-player-1iSz_rXJcoU"></div></div><figure><a class="h-c-video h-c-video--marquee uni-article-video__custom-wrapper" role="link" tabindex="0"><div class="uni-article-video__aspect-image"><img alt="The story of Khabar Lahariya, an all women-run rural news organization based in India." src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/image1_Zr1AiHk.max-1000x1000.png"/><div class="uni-article-video__dimmer"></div><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button--active" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button_no_hole"></use></svg><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button"></use></svg><div class="uni-article-video__duration loading"><svg class="uni-article-video__duration-icon" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_duration"></use></svg><span class="uni-article-video__duration-time">10:25</span></div></div></a></figure></div></div></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="ubtbm"><b>How the Innovation Challenge works</b></p><p data-block-key="7i61p">The Asia Pacific GNI Innovation Challenge is open to news organizations of all sizes that aim to produce original journalism and whose projects focus on innovation to create a more sustainable and diverse news sector. Projects will be evaluated against several criteria, including: impact on the news community, innovation, feasibility and a willingness to share knowledge. Applicants should be based in the Asia Pacific region and have their principal place of business there. For more information on eligible projects, criteria and funding, see our <a href="https://newsinitiative.withgoogle.com/innovation-challenges/how-to-apply/apac/#introduction">website</a>.</p><p data-block-key="4ltne"><b>How to apply</b></p><p data-block-key="a8d3v">Applications are open until August 23 at 11:59 PM SGT and can be submitted via our <a href="https://newsinitiative.withgoogle.com/innovation-challenges/how-to-apply/apac/#introduction">website</a> in English, Bengali, Chinese (traditional), Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean or Thai. We’ll be hosting a <a href="http://g.co/events/APACICTownhall2022">virtual town hall</a> on Wednesday, July 13 at 2:00 PM SGT to answer applicants’ questions.</p><p data-block-key="4ji81">The GNI Innovation Challenges have been driving innovation in news since 2018 and have funded over 200 projects in 47 countries globally. We want to help empower news organizations across the APAC region to pioneer new thinking to support quality journalism. We look forward to receiving your <a href="https://newsinitiative.withgoogle.com/innovation-challenges/how-to-apply/apac/#introduction">application</a>!</p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 06 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/around-the-globe/google-asia/gni-innovation-2022/Google News InitiativeGoogle in AsiaarticleSupporting news innovation in the Asia Pacific regionhttps://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/image3_S2SPjkQ.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/around-the-globe/google-asia/gni-innovation-2022/Nic Hopkins News Ecosystem and Programs Lead, Google Asia PacificGoogle News Showcase continues to grow in the UKhttps://blog.google/products/news/news-showcase-uk-growth/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="gs4gy">At the beginning of last year, we brought <a href="https://news.google.com/news-showcase/">Google News Showcase</a>, our product experience and licensing programme for news publishers, to the <a href="https://blog.google/products/news/google-news-showcase-launches-uk/">U.K</a>. It’s designed to help publishers engage more deeply with their readers – and to help readers find, follow and support the news organisations covering the issues that matter to them. We continue to learn, update and expand the product, and we’ve seen strong, steady numbers – both in terms of the number of publishers signing on for the product in the UK, and how readers are interacting with the content.</p><h3 data-block-key="epqn7">More publishers join News Showcase in the UK</h3><p data-block-key="11cfq">We’ve negotiated and signed deals with almost 240 news titles in the U.K. since launching News Showcase. The most recent is The Guardian, building on our longstanding work together on <a href="https://blog.google/around-the-globe/google-europe/united-kingdom/auditorial-accessible-storytelling/">digital innovation</a> for the future of news.</p><p data-block-key="1uclj">Keith Underwood, CEO of The Guardian, commented: “We are pleased to have expanded our partnership with Google to make our journalism available in digital, video and other formats in ways that will engage even wider audiences. This new deal supports further investment in journalism and will bring a new audience back to our sites where we can build deeper relationships of enduring value.”</p><p data-block-key="8k1rr">Local news publishers make up 93% of the titles who’ve signed up to News Showcase in the U.K. to curate news in new ways and deepen their engagement with online audiences. These include Grantham Journal, NationalWorld.com, Reach’s Belfast Live and Clear Sky’s North Devon Gazette.</p><p data-block-key="788il">As Mark Thompson, Editor of National World, says: "We believe it is vital that our stories, videos and images are given the value they deserve so that we can produce ever more insightful, reliable and relevant journalism for audiences all over the UK. News Showcase has enabled our teams based in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to display their impressive work on a great platform and in a meaningful way.”</p><p data-block-key="clrs8">Simon Bax, CEO of Clear Sky, also tells us: "Joining the Google News Showcase has had a dramatic and immediate effect as it has enabled us to hire an additional journalist, has elevated our standing within the community and has increased the team's self-assurance."</p><p data-block-key="b7tu2">We <a href="https://blog.google/products/news/local-news-showcase-product-updates/">recently announced</a> that we’re making it easier to find local publishers in Google News Showcase by bringing their panels into the local section of Google News. Through <a href="https://blog.google/products/news/heres-how-local-news-in-the-uk-is-using-news-showcase/">our partnerships with local news publishers in the U.K</a>., we’ve seen first-hand how local news is an essential way for readers to connect to their communities and ensure they get the news that impacts their day-to-day lives.</p><h3 data-block-key="f12l3">Supporting publishers and journalists in the UK</h3><p data-block-key="du193">News Showcase is one element of our broader <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/google-news-initiative/google-news-showcase/">investment</a> in news and journalism in the U.K. We spent more than $18 million on training, partnerships and programming with news organisations and other news industry partners between 2018 to 2020, and we’ve trained 16,500 journalists and journalism students since 2015.</p><p data-block-key="b71nj">We’re proud to fund the <a href="https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/new-gni-funded-ai-fellowships-invite-journalists-to-work-with-tech-colleagues/s2/a921709/">Journalism AI fellowship</a>, organised by the media think-tank Polis at the London School of Economics, and to support organisations like Headlines Network who are providing <a href="https://pressgazette.co.uk/journalists-mental-health-network-toolkits-charity-mind/">essential mental health resources for journalists</a> in England and Wales. We’re continuing our support for the University of Central Lancashire's <a href="https://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2022/news/university-celebrates-60-years-of-journalism-training-with-google-backing/">Journalism innovation and Leadership (JIL) Programme</a> for a third year and recently announced the <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/google-news-initiative/innovation-challenge-europe/">Innovation Challenge for Europe</a>, where small and medium-sized news organisations can apply for funding to stimulate innovation in news.</p><p data-block-key="7v794">We’re dedicated to continuing our contribution to and collaboration with the news ecosystem, supporting the open web and continuing to provide access to information in the UK and elsewhere.</p></div></div></body></html>Tue, 05 Jul 2022 11:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/news/news-showcase-uk-growth/NewsUKarticleGoogle News Showcase continues to grow in the UKhttps://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/News_showcase_with_audio.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/news/news-showcase-uk-growth/Ronan HarrisVice President and MD, Google UK & IrelandProtecting people’s privacy on health topicshttps://blog.google/technology/safety-security/protecting-peoples-privacy-on-health-topics/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0qb86">Protecting our users’ privacy and securing their data is core to Google’s work. That’s why we design products to help people keep their personal information private, safe, and secure — with easy-to-use tools and built-in protections.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0qb86">Privacy matters to people — especially around topics such as their health. Given that these issues apply to healthcare providers, telecommunications companies, banks, tech platforms, and many more, we know privacy protections cannot be solely up to individual companies or states acting individually. That’s why we’ve long advocated for a <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/public-policy/the-urgent-necessity-of-enacting-a-national-privacy-law/">comprehensive and nationwide U.S. privacy law</a> that guarantees protections for everyone, and we’re pleased to see recent progress in Congress.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0qb86">But we haven’t waited for a law to take action. We understand that people rely on Google to keep their personal data secure. We’ve long been committed to this work, and today we're sharing additional steps we're taking to protect user privacy around health issues.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="0qb86">Protecting user privacy</h3></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0qb86">We offer a variety of easy-to-use <a href="https://safety.google/privacy/privacy-controls/">privacy tools</a> and settings that put people in control of their data. This is particularly important to people around health topics, which is why our <a href="https://safety.google/privacy/data/">data policies</a> include a number of restrictions. In addition, we have protections around:</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><ul><li data-block-key="0qb86"><b>Location History:</b> <a href="https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/3118687?hl=en">Location History</a> is a Google account setting that is off by default, and for those that turn it on, we provide <a href="https://blog.google/technology/safety-security/keeping-private-information-private/">simple controls</a> like auto-delete so users can easily delete parts, or all, of their data at any time. Some of the places people visit — including medical facilities like counseling centers, domestic violence shelters, abortion clinics, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics, cosmetic surgery clinics, and others — can be particularly personal. Today, we’re announcing that if our systems identify that someone has visited one of these places, we will delete these entries from Location History soon after they visit. This change will take effect in the coming weeks.</li></ul></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><ul><li data-block-key="0qb86"><b>User Data on Apps:</b> Google Play has <a href="https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/answer/10144311?hl=en#:~:text=Personal%20and%20sensitive%20user%20data%20includes%2C%20but%20isn%27t%20limited,and%20other%20sensitive%20device%20or">strict protocols</a> to protect user privacy — including policies that prohibit developers from selling personal and sensitive user data and a requirement that they handle that data securely and only for purposes directly related to operating the app. To further promote transparency and control for users, we also recently introduced Play’s new <a href="https://blog.google/products/google-play/data-safety/">data safety section</a> that developers use to give people more information about how apps collect, share, and secure their data. For Google Fit and <a href="https://www.fitbit.com/global/us/legal/privacy-policy">Fitbit</a>, we give users settings and tools to easily access and control their personal data, including the option to change and delete personal information, at any time. For example, Fitbit users who have chosen to track their menstrual cycles in the app can currently delete menstruation logs one at a time, and we will be rolling out updates that let users delete multiple logs at once.</li></ul></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><ul><li data-block-key="0qb86"><b>Law Enforcement Demands for User Data:</b> Google has a long track record of <a href="https://policies.google.com/terms/information-requests?hl=en-US">pushing back</a> on overly broad demands from law enforcement, including objecting to some demands entirely. We take into account the privacy and security expectations of people using our products, and we notify people when we comply with government demands, unless we’re prohibited from doing so or lives are at stake — such as in an emergency situation. In fact, we were the first major company to regularly share the number and types of government demands we receive in a <a href="https://transparencyreport.google.com/?hl=en_US">Transparency Report</a>. We remain committed to protecting our users against improper government demands for data, and we will continue to oppose demands that are overly broad or otherwise legally objectionable. We also will continue to <a href="https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/public-policy/its-time-for-more-transparency-around-government-data-demands/">support</a> bipartisan legislation, such as the NDO Fairness Act recently passed by the House of Representatives, to reduce secrecy and increase transparency around government data demands.</li></ul></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="0qb86">We’re committed to delivering robust privacy protections for people who use our products, and we will continue to look for new ways to strengthen and improve these protections. We support Congressional efforts to reach bipartisan agreement on nationwide privacy protections that move the burden of privacy off individuals and establish good data practices across the board. In the meantime, we will continue our focus on securing our products and protecting the privacy of our users around the world.</p></div></div></body></html>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 20:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/technology/safety-security/protecting-peoples-privacy-on-health-topics/Public PolicySafety & SecurityarticleProtecting people’s privacy on health topicsGooglehttps://blog.google/technology/safety-security/protecting-peoples-privacy-on-health-topics/Jen FitzpatrickSVPCoreA milestone for King's Cross: a local innovation hubhttps://blog.google/around-the-globe/google-europe/united-kingdom/kings-cross-innovation-hub/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="jw0hl">Over the last few years, King’s Cross has truly transformed, becoming a thriving hub of innovation and creativity. The transformation is a sign of the UK’s strengths, with its incredible local talent and strong history of leading technological and scientific progress. These strengths inspired us to invest here in King's Cross, in one of our most ambitious developments to date.</p><p data-block-key="fc2lm">Today, together with local MP, Keir Starmer, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, leader of Camden Council Georgia Gould, and our building partners, we celebrated a major milestone in the construction of our new King’s Cross office – and in our long-standing commitment to the UK – as we placed the final beam on our new development.</p><p data-block-key="1td9a"><b>Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party and MP for Holborn and St Pancras said:</b></p><p data-block-key="44csg"><i>“It’s fantastic to attend not only as the leader of the Labour Party and local MP but as a proud local resident of more than 25 years. Congratulations to Google on your magnificent new building, and for all it represents – a seizing of opportunity, harnessing of talent, the creation of good, sustainable jobs and an immense contribution to our community. You’re showing what can be achieved when forward looking local government partners with the ingenuity of the private sector.”</i></p><p data-block-key="askni">We have long believed that creativity is spurred by environments that promote connection and wellbeing. This is more important than ever as we adapt to a future of flexible, hybrid working. Our new King’s Cross building will be equipped with new workplace technologies to help global and remote teams collaborate more effectively, build relationships, learn from colleagues and dream up new ways to solve complex challenges.</p><p data-block-key="9aavd">It will also be<a href="https://blog.google/around-the-globe/google-europe/united-kingdom/kings-cross/">a place for community and connection</a> thanks to the ground floor retail and community spaces, which are being curated with — and for — the local community. In the coming weeks, in partnership with more than 30 youth organisations in Camden, we’re excited to open our doors to 500 local young people for a week of taster sessions to inspire school students and job seekers with careers in technology, as well as more than 100 local work experience students.</p><p data-block-key="30b9k">Innovation extends to the design of the building itself, which is playing an important role in helping us to achieve our goal of going carbon free by 2030. We’re pioneering new technologies that will make our King’s Cross office our most ambitious smart building to date, including a system of 13,500 interconnected devices that will work together to improve energy efficiency in real time.</p><p data-block-key="3nsaq">While the doors of our new King’s Cross development won’t open until 2024, incredible work is already underway nearby. The neighbourhood is home to thousands of our engineers working on products like Android, Wear OS, Search and Google Business Profiles, which are used the world over. In fact, many of the team behind some of our newest products – to be released later this year – are based right here in King’s Cross. We look forward to growing these teams and being a part of the local community’s future growth and development.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class="article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8"><img alt="Sadiq Khan, London Mayor signing a whiteboard" class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Sadiq.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="8x9q3">Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="cd5k9"><b>Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan commented</b>:</p><p data-block-key="16mrj"><i>“London has built a reputation as a world leader in technology and innovation, so I’m delighted to see Google reaffirming its commitment to London with the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside of the United States. I was lucky enough to be present for the original ground-breaking at this site back in 2017. So, it’s incredible to see the progress that’s been made since then on this hugely ambitious project.</i></p><p data-block-key="4cct5"><i>"My ambition, as Mayor, is to build a better London for everyone – one that is fairer, greener and more prosperous for all. And this magnificent building is a shining example of confidence in our city.”</i></p></div></div></body></html>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/around-the-globe/google-europe/united-kingdom/kings-cross-innovation-hub/Google WorkspaceUKarticleA milestone for King's Cross: a local innovation hubWe’re celebrating a major milestone in the construction of our new King’s Cross office – and in our long-standing commitment to the UK.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Starmer.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/around-the-globe/google-europe/united-kingdom/kings-cross-innovation-hub/Ronan HarrisVice President and MD, Google UK & IrelandGoogle and U.S. developers find agreement over Google Play storehttps://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/public-policy/google-and-us-developers-find-agreement-over-google-play-store/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="jh9g7">The Android app economy has helped create nearly two million American jobs; developers around the world have earned more than <a href="https://abc.xyz/investor/static/pdf/2021_Q2_Earnings_Transcript.pdf?cache=1b65cc3">$120 billion using the Google Play Store.</a> We’re proud that Google Play helps developers build great apps and rewards them for doing so. And we know that a successful ecosystem must benefit both developers and consumers, which is why we have rules of the road to keep the store secure, protect privacy and prevent fraud. While we strive to make Google Play the best platform for everyone, Android also provides consumers and developers the opportunity to use other app store options.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="jh9g7">Today, we’re pleased to share a proposed agreement that will help ensure that both developers and consumers can continue to benefit from Google Play. Google and a group of U.S. developers have reached a proposed settlement that allows both parties to move forward and avoids years of uncertain and distracting litigation.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="jh9g7">As part of the settlement, we’re establishing a $90 million fund to support U.S. developers who earned two million dollars or less in annual revenue through Google Play during each year from 2016-2021. A vast majority of U.S. developers who earned revenue through Google Play will be eligible to receive money from this fund, if they choose. If the Court approves the settlement, developers that qualify will be notified and allowed to receive a distribution from the fund.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="jh9g7">In addition to the fund, we’re committing to maintain a number of existing practices and implement new benefits that help developers innovate and communicate with their users:</p><ul><li data-block-key="5ee26">To continue to provide developers with a tiered pricing model, we’ll maintain Google’s 15% commission rate for the first $1 million in annual revenue earned from the Google Play Store for U.S. developers, which we implemented in 2021.</li><li data-block-key="feqbu">We’re revising our Developer Distribution Agreement to make it clear that developers can continue to use contact information obtained in-app to communicate with users out-of-app, including about subscription offers or lower-cost offerings on a rival app store or the developer’s website.</li><li data-block-key="ake0q">In new versions of Android, Google will maintain certain changes implemented in Android 12 that make it even easier for people to use other app stores on their devices, while being careful not to compromise the safety measures Android has in place.</li><li data-block-key="8h80p">To showcase independent and small startup developers building unique high-quality apps, we’re creating an “Indie Apps Corner” that will appear on the apps tab on the U.S. Google Play homepage and shine a spotlight on these developers.</li></ul></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="jh9g7">These commitments, including the $90 million fund, build on a number of ways we already support developers, such as providing tools that help developers <a href="https://playacademy.exceedlms.com/student/catalog">build great apps, lower their costs, and grow their businesses</a>. In fact, compared to other prominent digital content stores, we provide developers more ways to interact with their customers.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="jh9g7">Finally, we’ve heard developers want to understand more about how Google Play operates, which is why we’ve agreed to publish annual transparency reports. The reports will share information about the Google Play Store, including statistics such as apps removed from Google Play, account terminations, and other data regarding how users interact with Google Play.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="jh9g7">We’re pleased that we worked with the developers to propose this agreement for the Court’s approval. As the agreement notes, we remain confident in our arguments and case, but this settlement will avoid protracted and unnecessary litigation with developers, whom we see as vital partners in the Android ecosystem. We remain steadfast in our commitment to building thriving, open platforms that empower consumers and help developers succeed.</p></div></div></body></html>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 23:55:00 +0000https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/public-policy/google-and-us-developers-find-agreement-over-google-play-store/Public PolicyarticleGoogle and U.S. developers find agreement over Google Play storeToday, Google is sharing a proposed agreement that will help ensure that both developers and consumers can continue to benefit from Google Play.Googlehttps://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/public-policy/google-and-us-developers-find-agreement-over-google-play-store/Wilson WhiteVP, Government Affairs & Public PolicyNew Google Workspace features to help solo business ownershttps://blog.google/products/workspace/workspace-individual/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="g5osf">Over the past few years, we’ve seen more people forging their own path and turning their personal passions into businesses. These individual business owners, sometimes called “solopreneurs,” wear many hats as they run and grow their businesses: salesperson, marketer, accountant, the list goes on.</p><p data-block-key="ae5to">That’s why one year ago, we launched <a href="https://workspace.google.com/individual/">Google Workspace Individual</a> as a new offering to help these solo business owners grow their businesses with the familiar apps they’re likely already using in their personal life. We’ve heard from customers that Google Workspace Individual helps them focus their time on doing what they love — like meeting with customers and designing personalized services — and less time on recurring tasks like scheduling appointments and sending emails. Since launch, we’ve delivered a number of improvements to provide even more value to customers, and today we’re announcing what’s coming next – electronic signatures right within Google Docs.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="g5osf">Coming soon: Easily sign important documents right in Google Docs</h3><p data-block-key="eivd5">Whether you’re an event planner or digital creator, it can be a challenge to stay on top of contracts and customer agreements that need to be signed as you’re constantly context switching and jumping between different apps to get work done. That’s why we’re natively integrating eSignature in Google Docs, so you can quickly execute agreements from the familiar interface of Docs without having to switch tabs or apps.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class="article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2"><img alt="Animation of the process of inserting electronic signature fields in Google Docs" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Insert.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="c85ox">Coming soon: Easily request electronic signatures directly in Google Docs</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="g5osf">eSignature in Google Docs will take advantage of the same secure-by-design infrastructure and built-in protections Google uses to help secure your information and safeguard your privacy. Let’s take a look at how eSignature can help you create agreements:</p><ul><li data-block-key="4argb"><b>Collaborate in documents:</b> Collaborate on changes directly in Google Docs with comments and suggestions — no need to export the file to send a draft contract over email.</li><li data-block-key="c56ol"><b>Add fields to documents:</b> Within the familiar Google Docs interface, you can easily drag and drop signature and date fields in branded documents you create.</li><li data-block-key="35uv1"><b>Request a signature:</b> Once you resolve all comments and suggestions, requesting a signature is as easy as sharing a file in Drive.</li><li data-block-key="5bun"><b>Add signatures:</b> When ready to sign, the signee can easily add their signature, no downloads needed. Once the signature is added, a completed PDF contract is emailed to both parties.</li><li data-block-key="5pcoq"><b>Monitor and track progress:</b> Quickly see the status of pending signatures and easily find completed, signed contracts.</li><li data-block-key="bfl57"><b>Create copies of contracts:</b> For signature workflows that need to be repeated regularly, you can streamline the process by creating copies of existing contracts and then modifying as needed.</li></ul><p data-block-key="91fq8">eSignature in Google Docs is coming soon in Beta to Google Workspace Individual users and is the latest in a series of improvements we’ve announced for the subscription in the past year. If you’re already using a dedicated eSignature solution, Google Workspace integrates with a number of leading providers. Learn more about how these eSignature and other integrations can help you optimize your workspace <a href="https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/workspace/recommended-google-workspace-marketplace-apps-that-work-with-the-tools">on our blog post</a>.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="ion3q"><b>ICYMI: Google Workspace Individual updates from this past year</b></h3><h3 data-block-key="d9asg">Email marketing updates for engaging campaigns</h3><p data-block-key="35o1b">For any business, it’s vital to connect with customers and prospects, both on a one-to-one basis and at a large scale. Google Workspace Individual makes it easy to do both, so you can easily send communications like monthly newsletters and also offer items like scheduled consultations.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class="article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2"><img alt="Animation of the process of creating and sending customized marketing emails from Gmail" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/WIS_Spring.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="5h4v6">Create and send customized marketing emails from Gmail</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="vzrwk">To help you reach many customers at once, last year we added a way to run simple email campaigns directly in Gmail. We started first by providing <a href="https://support.google.com/mail/answer/10960345?hl=en&amp;ref_topic=3394151">professionally designed templates</a> that you can customize with your own branding and images in just a few clicks. Then earlier this year, we added <a href="https://support.google.com/mail/answer/11243118?hl=en&amp;ref_topic=3394151">multi-send</a>, which allows you to deliver individual emails to a large number of recipients with a unique unsubscribe link for each recipient. With the combination of these improvements, it’s easy to make communications as targeted as you like, because you can create multiple email mailing lists within Google Contacts for different audiences and easily tailor the message to each audience. Gmail layouts and multi-send are generally available in Google Workspace Individual today.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="vzrwk">Appointment scheduling updates for easier bookings</h3><p data-block-key="6j44r">For scheduling in-person appointments or virtual meetings, Google Calendar helps streamline the <a href="https://support.google.com/google-workspace-individual/answer/10729749?hl=en">appointment scheduling</a> process and avoid back-and-forth communication to find a time that works. Since launching, we’ve made a number of <a href="https://support.google.com/google-workspace-individual/answer/11423292?hl=en&amp;ref_topic=10746212">enhancements</a> that improve the experience for both the business owner and scheduler, including the ability to:</p><ul><li data-block-key="7pdm9">Help prevent no-shows by customizing the timing of reminder emails and having users verify their email before booking for added security.</li><li data-block-key="5rud8">Reflect your operational needs by setting flexible appointment durations, adding buffer time between appointments and limiting the number of bookings per day.</li><li data-block-key="chhs3">Easily update your availability with one-off exceptions like regional holidays and customizable start and end dates.</li></ul></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class="article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2"><img alt="Animation of creating a shareable appointment schedule that clients can use to book appointments online by setting your availability and appointment offerings directly in Google Calendar." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/cita-setup-and-scheduling_KLYJh8y.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="mbh2u">Get your own professional booking page that stays up to date</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="erso6">Customized appointment scheduling with the above features are generally available in Google Workspace Individual today, on the web and your mobile device.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="erso6">Google Meet updates for your customer and partner calls</h3><p data-block-key="f5e9p">Once an appointment is on the books and it’s time to connect, Google Meet provides an easy way for you to deepen customer and partner relationships through secure video meetings. Helpful features in Meet ensure you can be clearly seen and heard. Noise cancellation removes background distractions like barking dogs, while low-light mode automatically adjusts your video in poorly lit settings. Here are a few notable Meet announcements from this past year:</p><ul><li data-block-key="i72c">Mimic taking your call from a real-life cafe or condo with immersive backgrounds.</li><li data-block-key="400iv">Filter out the echoes in spaces with hard surfaces so that you can have conference-room audio quality whether you’re in a basement, a kitchen, or a big empty room.</li><li data-block-key="9iu3f">Clearly see participants on a call while you’re presenting or multi-tasking with picture-in-picture on Chrome browsers.</li><li data-block-key="60qd">Review your forecast or business proposal with meetings directly in Docs, Sheets and Slides.</li></ul></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class="article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2"><img alt="Animation of joining a Google Meet video call directly from Google Docs." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/MiE_v2.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p data-block-key="ug3z1">Quickly join a Google Meet call from Google Docs, Sheets and Slides</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3 data-block-key="y5439">Sign up today to take advantage of promotional pricing</h3><p data-block-key="dq7el">Save 20% until October 2022<footnote id="3bdee83c-f3c2-4863-bf22-152d5abbf06a">[3bdee8]</footnote>when you <a href="https://workspace.google.com/individual/?utm_source=the_keyword&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=FY22-Q2-WISmoment&amp;utm_content=sign_up#individual-pricing-card">sign up</a> for Google Workspace Individual today or learn more about Google Workspace Individual <a href="https://workspace.google.com/individual/?utm_source=the_keyword&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=FY22-Q2-WISmoment&amp;utm_content=learnmore">on our website</a>.</p></div></div></body></html>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:30:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/workspace/workspace-individual/Google WorkspaceDocsCalendarGmailarticleNew Google Workspace features to help solo business ownersGoogle Workspace Individual helps solo business owners grow their business with appointment scheduling, email marketing, eSignature and more.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/2022.06.09_-_Hero_image_for_June_WIS_Keyword.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/workspace/workspace-individual/John Shriver-BlakeGroup Product ManagerGoogle Workspace