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Google to Hire Liaison to Scholars Amid Greater Federal Scrutiny

Google is looking to hire someone to work with academics and economists to commission reports and organize conferences about issues swirling around the company these days in Washington.

The academic relations manager is a new position under the Silicon Valley company's U.S. policy team, according to spokesman Adam Kovacevich. It is also the person hired push the company's policy positions on privacy, competition, advertising, intellectual property, and telecommunications policy.

"We've been engaged with professors and economists on policy issues on an ad hoc basis, but we're interested in expanding our outreach to the academic community." Kovacevich said in an e-mail.

The job comes as federal regulators look more closely under the hood of Google, which is spreading into many new industries including news, digital publishing, telecommunications and Web services. Yesterday, the FTC ended its review of potentially anti-competitive corporate board ties Google had with Apple.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 13, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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It is not surprising that privacy-invading monopolist Google wants to "buy" research that supports its agendas. Remember the tobacco industry's "Tobacco Institute?"

Posted by: squirma | October 14, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

And the ISPs have their own pet researchers and institutes. squirma, this is happening on both sides. You're fixated on Google, but there's more spending from the ISPs.

Posted by: VirginiaGal2 | October 16, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse

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