Our company was founded in California, but our mission is to facilitate access to information for the entire world and in every language. To this end, we have offices in more than 60 countries, maintain more than 180 Internet domains, and serve more than half of our results to people living outside the United States. We offer Google’s search interface in more than 130 languages, offer people the ability to restrict results to content written in their own language, and aim to provide the rest of our applications and products in as many languages and accessible formats as possible. Using our translation tools, people can discover content written on the other side of the world in languages they don’t speak. With these tools and the help of volunteer translators, we have been able to greatly improve both the variety and quality of services we can offer in even the most far-flung corners of the globe.
The Global Public Policy team is a close-knit group that develops, advises on, and advocates in favour of public policy positions for the benefit of Google, its users, and the Internet as a whole. We strive to do our work in a way that is thoughtful, innovative, and effective- always keeping in mind the company’s commitment to making information universally accessible and useful. The policies we promote make it possible to realize our vision of a free and open Internet where communication and innovation can thrive and our users’ welfare is protected.
Our team works at the international, federal, state, and local levels, actively engaging with government officials, policymakers, non-governmental organizations, academics, trade groups and others. We work to shape legislation, influence dialogue and build a network of friends and supporters. Within the company, we work closely with the Corporate Communications and Product teams as well as with our Legal team colleagues.
We work on issues like privacy, child online safety, copyright and trademark protection, content regulation, reform of the patent system, broadband policy, net neutrality, censorship, innovation regulation, immigration, R&D, national security and trade etc. These issues are fundamental to the future of the Internet (and of the individuals it empowers), and are increasingly prominent on the agendas of policymakers worldwide. We seek to do public policy advocacy work in a Google way i.e. by having our users part of the effort, to know what we’re saying and why, and to help us refine and improve our policy positions and advocacy strategies. With input and ideas from our users, we can do a better job of fighting for our common interests.
We work with policymakers around the world—including legislators, ministers, governors, city council members, regulators, and the staffers who support them- who are trying to enact sound government policies to foster free expression, promote economic growth, expand access to information, enable innovation, and protect consumers. We hope that more governments and industries will recognize the role that the free flow of information plays in the global economy. A consistent and transparent framework for cross-border flows of goods, services and information will help individuals and businesses around the world.
Google’s reach spans the globe, yet our hope is that by aggressively applying our resources to address the world’s most significant social problems, Google.org will one day surpass the parent company’s worldwide influence. We have a deep passion to find innovative solutions and entrepreneurial approaches to such issues as global poverty, climate change, and global public health. Google.org encompasses the Google Foundation, the leveraging of Google resources to address specific company projects, and the development and solicitation of partnerships and contributions to for-profit and not-for-profit entities.
Google.org uses Google’s strengths in information and technology to address global challenges and make a lasting impact. We seek innovative solutions and entrepreneurial approaches to issues such as crisis response, education, and access technology.