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Google 'Ideas' Is getting New name with expansion

Google's New York City based cross-sector, inter-disciplinary think tank is getting the expansion.

Company's executive chairman Eric Schmidt announced the expansion of Google Ideas, she said "Google’s think tank, as a technology incubator called Jigsaw".

This team was created by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen in 2010, a think tank within Google that researched issues at the intersection of technology and international security.

Google Ideas five years ago as an in-house think tank to explore how technology might help the next five billion people coming online for the first time. Many of the newest Internet users are coming online in societies where censorship, corruption, or violence are daily realities.
Why Jigsaw? For one thing, the new name acknowledges that the world is a complex puzzle of physical and digital challenges. For another, it reflects our belief that collaborative problem-solving yields the best solutions.

Some current projects like Project Shieldthe project aims to mitigate distributed denial-of-service attacks by leveraging Google's infrastructure.and  uProxy, which lets people share access to the free and open internet; and Password Alert, which helps protect against phishing to project people from scams.

The team has also explored global challenges using data visualizations, such as the Digital Attack Map, which displays the top digital attacks in the world in real time, and the global arms visualization, which illuminates the global arms trade.

Eric Schmidt said that some researchers are also exploring hate and harassment online.

Jared Cohen, who ran Google Ideas, will serve as President of Jigsaw. He will also continue to serve as an advisor.

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