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Source: DGB – BundesvorstandGoogle has invested a three-digit million sum in projects with European publishing houses in Europe since 2013 – not only in technological developments, but also in research projects and journalism congresses. The US company is now the world’s largest journalism patron. Why is Google doing this? And what does that mean for independent journalism? In a project in cooperation with the DGB, the Otto Brenner Foundation put the tech giant’s activities under the microscope: DGB / / M.Yenelyanoc; U.Krylin

New study by DGB and Otto Brenner Foundation: media patron Google, the Internet giant has invested more than 200 million euros in European journalism since 2013, with the lion’s share going to Germany. In addition to technology and research funding, Google finances journalism congresses and training stays for young journalists at renowned media. Why is the technology company doing this? The scientists and network journalists Ingo Dachwitz and Alexander Fanta describe the facets of a complex “ecosystem” of media publishers, editorial offices and data groups, evaluate current data on financial donations and ask actors on both sides about funding practices. The study was funded by the Otto Brenner Foundation and the DGB. It shows the methods used by Google to ensnare the media and invites you to discuss alternative forms of promoting innovation.


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