Published On: Wed, Feb 17th, 2016

Google’s Think Tank Changes Its Name To Jigsaw And Becomes A Tech Incubator

Google Ideas, a company’s consider tank, is relaunching as an incubator named Jigsaw (warning: autoplayed audio) to deposit in and develop tech solutions to geopolitical problems and digital attacks. Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google and stream executive authority of Alphabet, Google’s new primogenitor company, announced a change in a Medium post:

“Why Jigsaw? For one thing, a new name acknowledges that a universe is a formidable nonplus of earthy and digital challenges. For another, it reflects a faith that collaborative problem-solving yields a best solutions.

As a record incubator, Jigsaw will be investing in and building record to enhance entrance to information for a world’s many exposed populations and to urge opposite a world’s many severe confidence threats.”

A Google deputy told TechCrunch that Jigsaw will be underneath Alphabet, not Google. Jared Cohen, who has led Google Ideas given it started 5 years ago, is now boss of Jigsaw and will continue portion as an confidant to Schmidt.

Cohen formerly worked in a U.S. State Department underneath former Secretaries of States Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. During a 2009 Iranian presidential choosing protests, Cohen assured Twitter to stay online notwithstanding a scheduled upkeep that would have temporarily close it down in Iran, where it was being used by protestors to strech general media.

According to The New Yorker, a pierce roughly cost Cohen his pursuit given it conflicted with President Barack Obama’s non-interference rule, though he had a subsidy of afterwards Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Cohen assimilated Google Ideas afterwards subsequent year.

During the time as a consider tank, Google Ideas also supported ways to assistance people vital in areas with complicated censorship or supervision crime overcome those obstacles and get unobstructed online access. Its products embody Project Shield, to strengthen news sites from DDoS attacks and contributions to uProxy.

Jigsaw will continue to work on those projects, in further to anticipating tech solutions for other problems.

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