On July Fourth, America celebrates its independence -- with that, Google just shared a video made to celebrate the United States freedom of internet and the tools that support it.
"In the summer of 1776, 13 disenfranchised colonies spoke. It took days for their declaration to be printed and distributed throughout the colonies, and it took weeks for it to be seen across the Atlantic. Today, such a document could be published and shared with the world in seconds. More than any time in history, more people in more places have the ability to have their voices heard," posted Susan Molinari, vp of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Americas.
Google has also posted a US flag made up of the quotes on its Take Action page and has released it into the public domain to encourage users to copy, modify and distribute the image without permission. "This flag is made up of many voices. It includes submissions from people sharing what the power of the Internet means to them. They are joined by leaders from the past and present."
This month, Mauritius, becomes the first African country to sign a joint agreement with the U.S. that supports government transparency, open Internet networks, and cross-border information flows.
"This agreement has significant implications for Mauritius' economy. While South Africa hasn't yet fully embraced the Internet, the sector already contributes up to 2 percent (or $7.1 billion/R59-billion) of the country's GDP, according to a recent report by World Wide Worx," posted Winter Casey, Senior Policy Analyst.
In other Google news,
Google is "funding 104 awards across 21 different focus areas for a total of nearly $6 million for Google Research Awards Summer 2012. In addition, 28% of the funding was awarded to universities outside the U.S.," posted Maggie Johnson, Director of Education & University Relations.
"This round, we had 815 proposals--up 11% from last round, which required 1,946 reviews by 654 reviewers," Johnson said.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and business school INSEAD have made an important contribution in its annual Global Innovation Index--a report that ranks 141 countries based on their innovation capabilities and results--WIPO adds new measures of creativity online.
Specifically, the report "measures the creation of online content by including two metrics focused on the creation of Internet sites--generic top-level domains and country codes TLDs--and two metrics focused on online participation in the creation of content--Wikipedia edits and YouTube uploads," posted Google.
...output metrics need to more rigorously account for the sheer quantity of art being produced. Today, 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, 250 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day, and there are 440 blogs for every autobiography available on Amazon. Yet, if one is measuring only traditional, professional distribution channels, this creativity would not be part of the picture.