Google to Launch Censored Search Engine in China

According to The Intercept, Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion and peaceful protest. The project – code-named Dragonfly – has been underway since spring of last year. The planned move represents a dramatic shift in Google’s policy on China and will mark the first time in almost a decade that the internet giant has operated its search engine in the country. Google’s search service cannot currently be accessed by most internet users in China because it is blocked by the country’s so-called Great Firewall. The app Google is building for China will comply with the country’s strict censorship laws, restricting access to content that Xi Jinping’s Communist Party regime deems unfavorable.

Source: The Intercept

Posted on: August 1, 2018

Google and ICFJ Launch MENA Training

The first Google News Initiative launched this this week with a large-scale effort to offer digital skills training to thousands of journalists across the MENA region. In partnership with the International Center for Journalists, the training series will focus on digital tools to gather and source information, enhance trust and verification and support data-driven journalism and immersive storytelling. The program will take place over the next year and will see 4,000 journalists trained in six countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia.

Source: ICFJ

Posted on: April 5, 2018

Google Vows $300m to Bolster News Media

Google today announced major new efforts to support the news media, pledging to invest $300 million over the next three years to combat fake news, bolster sustainability, and foster new tools. The programs are group under the Google News Initiative and are intended as a global expansion of the Digital News Initiative that has granted tens of millions of dollars to European media in recent years. The GNI initiative cites three specific goals: to highlight accurate journalism while fighting misinformation; help news sites become more sustainable; and create new media tools to assist journalists in their jobs.

Source: Google, The Verge

Posted on: March 20, 2018

Google Funds 107 Digital News Projects

In the third round of the Digital News Initiative fund, Google has awarded more than €21m to 107 journalism projects in 27 countries across Europe. The recipients of the funding range from prototypes to medium and large projects focusing on investigative reporting, fact-checking and virtual and augmented reality. Just under half of the projects funded are collaborative, with 47 per cent of the initiatives produced in partnership between multiple organizations and across different countries.


Posted on: July 7, 2017

Tools: Google Releases New Data GIF Maker

Here's a new tool that's getting a lot of attention: Google just released Data GIF Maker, a tool to help journalists make their own data GIFs. GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format) are widely used for animated images on websites and social media. Google is making it easy to apply them to data sets, making data visualizations even more available to journalists and storytellers.

Source: Google

Posted on: May 29, 2017