Google vice president Vint Cerf has outlined Google's key priorities for how it will allocate funding of $150,000 to developers and researchers working on issues that are affecting the internet.
Cerf said in a post on Google's Research Blog that Google is interested in accessibility, network access, intellectual property, freedom of expression and internet governance. An internal team will assess proposals in areas such as these before deciding which to invest in.
"Twice a year, Google's Faculty Research Awards programme seeks and reviews proposals in 23 research areas, assigning to each area a group of experienced Googlers who assess and deliberate over which proposals we should and can fund. With each call for proposals, we receive a wide array of research ideas in fields that fall within the realm of internet policy," he said.
"We would like to share with you the areas of internet policy in which we are particularly interested to see progress and stimulate further research."
He added: "Google is committed to supporting research that generates insights about what helps make technology a usable reality for everyone, regardless of cognitive, physical, sensory or other form of impairment.
"As an advocate of freedom of expression on the internet, Google is interested in research that produces insights into how discourse and expression in the global online (public) sphere happens, and how stakeholders best allow freedom of expression, balance it with other rights and resolve conflicts or interest/disputes."
Other areas including privacy and open standards are also of interest to Google, said Cerf.
"Open standards and interoperability of services are at the core of the Internet’s successful international propagation and usefulness. Google is interested in research that contributes analysis and best practices for standardisation and interoperability," he wrote.
Accepted parties will receive up to $150,000 in investment.
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