Google has been doing more and more over the past few years to actively
influence public policy issues (such as on net neutrality or
immigration) as well becoming more of a potential public policy target (such as
on privacy last week).
As part of its outreach, the company has now launched the
Google Public Policy Blog.
Writes Google in
today’s post about it:
We’re seeking to do public policy advocacy in a Googley way. Yes, we’re a
multinational corporation that argues for our positions before officials,
legislators, and opinion leaders. At the same time, we want our users to be 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’ll surely do a better job of fighting for our common interests.
This blog is part of the dialogue we’re hoping to foster.
Today’s post isn’t the first. The blog actually has archives going back to
April, when the company was "limbering up" to public policy blogging by doing it
privately, until now. Here’s the full list:
Tapping the Nation’s Airwaves for More Net Access
Utah’s Unconstitutional Ban on Comparative Keyword Advertising
John Edwards at the Googleplex
Using Auctions to Make Better Use of Spectrum
Keeping Google and America Competitive
Mr. Hurley Goes to Washington
Google Politics, French Elections Edition
Maps Mashups Hit Capitol Hill
McCain Talks Tech Policy at the Googleplex
Taking the Wraps Off Google’s Public Policy Blog
What Do We Mean By "Net Neutrality"?
Google’s "People Operations" Guy Talks Immigration Policy