31 October, 2020

Show And Tell, Please

The onus is on Google to also publish a transparency report of the advocacy events it sponsors.

Show And Tell, Please

On the question of whether such industry sponsored research fellowships are biased towards the interests of the industry, the answer depends on the institutional arrangement through which these fellowships are administered. In the case of the Google Policy Fellowship, the fellowship is not directly administered by Google but instead through an established and respected research institution, which ensures neutrality and unbiasness. Importantly, the mediating research institution needs to have a demonstrated history of taking an independent issue based stand regardless of which side of the debate the sponsoring industry falls on. In contrast, if the fellowship is directly administered by the sponsoring industry then an inexperienced researcher would find it extremely difficult to appreciate both sides of the argument.

My personal experience with the Google Policy Fellowship was very satisfactory. I worked on issues related to the chilling effects on free expression as a result of the...



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