Australian technology gets a billion from Google

Australian technology gets a billion from Google

Google will invest USD 1 billion in Australia over five years, the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai announced at an event in Sydney stressing it is the biggest investment the company has made in the country. The “Digital Future Initiative” includes to strengthen digital infrastructure, develop Australian technology and solve global and local challenges, he said.

Google’s relationship to Australia has been under some strain since Google during discussions about the country’s new copyright legislation earlier this year threatened to stop its search service in the country.

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Pichai said the initiative includes:

  • Develop Australia’s digital infrastructure, focused on cloud computing.
  • Broaden the opportunity we provide for local tech talent — including the launch of our first research hub in Australia – Google Research Australia.
  • Create new technology partnerships “to help solve Australian and global challenges. That includes working with the CSIRO team (Commonwelth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) to explore clean energy and protecting the Great Barrier Reef, and with Macquarie University to advance quantum computing.”

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