Google Gets Political

by admin March 17, 2007 at 11:19 am

WASHINGTON — The impact of the Internet on political campaigns has increased with each election cycle. Google plans to be a part of that leap and face all issues, good and bad, that might arise when you mix politics and Internet technologies.

Elliot Schrage, Google vice president of global communications, told an audience during his keynote address at George Washington University’s annual Politics Online Conference that new technologies redefine what political participation means.

“The apparent benefit is transparency. You see the candidates as they are and candidates can be held to their words and actions.”

Schrage said the candidates have been invited to talk “tech and policy” with the Google team, which hopes to film the interviews and make them available on YouTube’s “You Choose 08” channel, which already includes 10 presidential candidates’ videos.

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