Google has been doing more and more over the past few years to actively influence public policy issues (such as on net neutrality or recently, US 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