News and notes from Google Down Under
Books and blockchains: new possibilities for digital literature
Thursday, April 20, 2017
What could a digital book possibly have to do with Blockchain - the technology behind the crypto-currency Bitcoin? And how can you create a situation where someone can own a book, without paying for it, yet everyone can read it?
These are some of the questions we’ve been asking ourselves as part of Editions At Play -
a collaboration between our Creative Lab team in Sydney and the London publisher
- which aims to create a space for new, experimental, digital storytelling through the marriage of technology and literature.
Today we’re excited to release two new books which, we hope, will continue to inspire fresh conventions around how we think of books and ‘bookness’, and how authors can work with developers and designers to create new formats of non-linear, dynamic literature.
A Universe Explodes
, by Google’s own Tea Uglow, is on one level the story of a parent losing their grip on reality.
On another it is an exploration of the idea of ownership in digital culture, asking whether it is even possible to own a digital artefact in the same way we own a physical book or a CD, and using Blockchain to experiment with new models for owning and exchanging digital goods.
The book is accessible to all, but owned by only a few, and when one owner is ‘finished’ with their version, they dedicate it to a new owner, triggering a change of ownership which is recorded to the Blockchain - a permanent, public database accessible to everyone.
There are 100 ‘versions’ of A Universe Explodes, which each start the same. The first 100 owners receive a personal dedication from Tea, and are then invited to edit the book themselves by removing two words and adding one. They in turn dedicate their version to someone else, creating a ‘daisy book chain’ which gradually gets shorter until there is only one word per page in the book.
You can watch this film or
read this post
to learn more about the ideas behind the book.
, by British author Joanna Walsh, is the story of a young woman coming of age in the 1980s, digitally growing and decaying around an unmentionable event that every reading will see differently.
The book uses a sprawling digitally-native canvas to steer the reader and employs ‘story vines’ to navigate the narrator’s dark and claustrophobic surroundings - all set inside and around rich, botanical illustrations by Charlotte Hicks.
You can explore more of Seed - a story that blooms, wilts, and grows - in
Posted by Jonathan Richards, Team Lead, Google Creative Lab
Get the best seat in the house and watch Coachella live exclusively on YouTube
Thursday, April 13, 2017
When you think of
Coachella you think of amazing music artists, thrilling performances and nonstop fun in the middle of the desert.
This year’s fest will be bigger than ever and even if you can’t make it to Coachella in person, you don’t have to miss out on a moment of the action.
For the seventh year in a row, YouTube brings you the exclusive Coachella live stream – presented by Optus. This year, select acts will also available in Live 360. M
usic fans from around the world can tune-in to
Coachella's YouTube channel
from April 14-16,
on any screen (desktop, mobile and living room).
Catch performances from global superstars and the hottest rising talent in the world, including headliners
– as well as Aussie acts including
Empire of the Sun
What So Not.
You can choose from three always-on channels as well as a Live 360 Mode that will appear for select performances. Don’t miss any of the shows you’re most excited for by creating a personalized calendar that lets you track all your favorite performances. The livestream channels will automatically change to your favorite artists based on your selection. And if you
turn on notifications
for artists you subscribe to, you’ll get a note when they go live.
first time ever you’ll even get a
sneak peek inside the famous underground dance music Yuma tent.
If you miss one of the big performances, we still have you covered with a video-on-demand hub that will showcase highlights and footage from performers throughout the weekend.
Stay tuned to find out more information about Coachella performances and be sure to subscribe to
Coachella's YouTube channel
so you’re part of the action!
Ali Rivera, Head of Artist Partnerships, YouTube recently watched ”
Kendrick Lamar “Humble”
& Brian Anderson, Global Music Sponsorships, recently watched “
Juan Atkins, Derrick May + Kevin Saunderson in Conversation
Share your trips and real-time location from Google Maps
Thursday, March 23, 2017
“Where are you now?” and “What's your ETA?” Whether you’re heading to a party or meeting up for dinner, you probably hear questions like this pretty often from family and friends. Soon Google Maps users worldwide will be able to answer those questions in just a few taps, without ever leaving the app. On both Android and iOS, you’ll be able to
share your real-time location
with anyone. And the people you share with will be able to see your location on Android, iPhone, mobile web, and even desktop. Here’s how it works in a real-world scenario:
Whenever you want to let someone know where you are, just open the side menu or tap the blue dot that represents where you are. Tap “Share location” and then select who to share with and how long to share—and you're done! You can share your real-time location with your Google contacts, or even share with friends and family by sending a link on your favorite messenger apps. When you’re sharing your location, the people you’ve chosen to share with will see you on their map. And you’ll see an icon above the compass on your own map reminding you that you’re actively sharing your location. You can change your mind and stop sharing at any time — it’s entirely up to you.
Next time you’re on your way or running late, you can share your real-time location and trip progress from navigation as well. During your next trip, tap the “More” button on the bottom on the navigation screen, and then tap “Share trip.” When you share your trip with people, they’ll see your expected arrival time and can follow your journey as you head toward your destination. Sharing automatically ends when you you arrive.
Location sharing on Google Maps is rolling out soon worldwide, and you’ll be able to quickly let your friends and family know where you are and when you’ll get where you’re going. The answer to “where are you?” is only a tap away.
Daniel Resnick, Engineering Manager, Google Maps
Visit Vanuatu on Street View, and journey under the earth’s surface
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
More than a thousand miles off the coast of Australia is the remote country of Vanuatu, an archipelago of 80 tiny islands – brimming with lush green jungles, pristine black sand beaches, and nine erupting volcanoes.
Starting today in
, we invite you to join us on a journey to the edge of one of the largest boiling lava lakes in the world on the Vanuatuan island of Ambrym. To get inside the active volcano,
we partnered with explorers Geoff Mackley
and Chris Horsly, who repelled
400 meters into the Marum crater with a
Street View Trekker
collecting 360-degree imagery of the journey down to the molten
lava lake, which is roughly the size of two football fields.
“You only realize how insignificant humans are when you’re standing next to a giant lake of fiery boiling rock. It’s like looking into the surface of the sun,” said Mackley.
“Standing at the edge and feeling the heat lick your skin is phenomenal,” said Chris Horsly after returning from his descent into the crater. “I hope that by putting this place on the map people will realize what a beautiful world we live in.”
is defined by the
desolate 39 square mile volcanic
hosting two active
alled Benbow and Marum.
But the tropical island is also home to more than 7,000 people who live in the rainforest down the mountain.While the volcano has played a significant role in defining their history due to unpredictable eruptions and influence on agriculture and environment, they’ve learned to live in harmony with this beautiful yet deadly natural phenomena.
Chief Moses in the local village of Endu explains,
“We believe that the volcanoes Marum and Benbow are devils. If you go up to a volcano you have to be very careful because the two volcanoes could get angry at any time. We believe that Benbo is the husband and Marum is the wife. Sometimes when they don’t agree there’s an eruption which means the spirit is angry so we sacrifice a pig or fawel to the volcano.” As part of the Google Maps journey,
Chief Moses of Endu invites you to take a walk through his village and hopes you’ll be inspired to visit this sacred place he calls home.
a few years ago, the country has been rebuilding its infrastructure. Now Chief Moses and his village are ready to welcome travelers rs back to Vanuatu to experience its stunning beauty and learn about its cultural traditions. He believes making Vanuatu more accessible to the world is a key step in the island’s recovery and ability to establish a sustainable economy and preserve its culture.
In Street View you can wander the streets of 81 countries and visit incredible historical and natural sites around the world like the
Samburu National Park in Kenya
The Grand Canyon
New Zealand’s walking tracks
. Today, for the first time, Street View is going beneath the surface and into the heart of the earth—enjoy exploring Vanuatu’s
Marum Crater and Endu village at Ambrym
Posted by Alex Starns, Street View Program Manager
Helping communities shine at Mardi Gras
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
One of our favourite times of the year at Google is when we get together with our friends at the
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
to help celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion.
At Google we believe that by creating an environment where everyone can feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to their work, they can be more innovative, creative, and inspired at work. We also want our employees to have the same inclusive experience outside of the office as they do at work, and for people to be safe and to be accepted wherever they are, so we look for impactful ways to help the LGBTQI community in Australia.
The Gay Tradies show that day-glo can be appropriate evening wear. Picture: Chris Meier
This year we wanted to take an authentic approach that would promote equality, make a big and lasting impact, and give people a stronger voice, so we helped to fund the
Mardi Gras Community Parade Grants
This program is designed to provide grants to individuals, community groups and not-for-profit groups to help lift their parade entries to a completely new artistic level.
Salamat Datang, supporting LGBTQI Indonesians. Picture: Chris Meier
This year the organisers received a total of 37 grant applications, more than double the previous year's number, and we awarded grants to 17 non-profit and community organisations:
Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group
- AISSG is a peer support and advocacy group for people affected by AIS and/or related intersex variations, and their families. Their float hopes to raise the visibility of people with an intersex variation, and that show they are not ashamed, but happily maintaining their identity, their bodies, families and communities, and one another in wholesome support.
Selamat Datang - Supporting LGBTQI Indonesians
- Selamat Datang was created to show support for LGBTQI people in Indonesia and their struggle for acceptance in Indonesian society. Selamat Datang helps to fundraise for LGBTQI organisations in Indonesia including safe houses for young GLBTIQ people and fundraising for people living with HIV/Aids in Indonesia.
Trans Sydney Pride is a social and support group for binary, non-binary and gender queer transpeople. Picture: Chris Meier
People with Disability Australia
- Founded in 1981, People with Disability Australia seeks to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. We have a cross-disability focus representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability. We are a non-profit, non-government organisation. With their float PWD want to highlight that Disability Pride and LGBTIAQ Pride are one in the same.
Lifesavers with Pride
- Lifesavers with Pride are an advocacy group within surf lifesaving. Our role is to be the link between the LGBTQ community and the lifesaving community. They represent their LGBTQ members, by promoting lifesaving as a diverse, welcoming and progressive organisation that supports people of all sexualities.
Trans Sydney Pride
- TSP is a Sydney based social and support group founded by binary transpeople for binary, non-binary and gender queer transpeople. Their vision for their Parade float is to provide visibility to the trans community and show that they are strong, diverse and beautiful.
Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council
with special guests the
Tiwi Island SistaGALS
- The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) and Departure Lounge presented 'Territory Stars', a showcase of the unique LGBTQI Community in the Northern Territory and their supporters. Special guests on this float included the Tiwi Island SistaGALS, a group of Trans women who started a crowdfunding campaign last year to attend their first ever Mardi Gras.
- Is made up of a diverse group of friends, a mixture of LGBT and family and friends and supporters who wanted their float to celebrate their love for one another and for the community in which they live.
Sydney Women's AFL showing their true colours. Picture: Chris Meier
Sydney Women’s AFL
- With women's teams from across all states and territories, Sydney Women’s AFL is made up of a mixture of straight, gay, trans, Muslim, Catholic, Christian participants who all support each other for who they are. The group took to the streets to show that their is no place for discrimination in sport. There is no place for discrimination in life.
The Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists
- GLADD are an open LGBTQI friendly group of Doctors, Dentists, and allied healthcare workers - who organise a parade entry for Mardi Gras each year as well as other community events such as socials and wine tours throughout the year.
Wett Ones Sydney Swim Team
- The LGBTQI Masters Swimming Club walked the Parade to celebrate their diverse membership of different sexualities, genders, ages. They hoped to demonstrate that although their members come in all shapes and sizes they are united as a team and that everyone is given an equal playing field (or swimming pool).
Inner City Legal Centre
- ICLC has been providing free legal services for people in the inner city area for thirty-five years. The Centre provides a range of free legal services to people in the Sydney. Their float communicated the support of the community legal centre sector for LGBTQI justice and its continuing campaign for creating equality.
– Sydney’s Jewish GLBTI Group - Dayenu has been running for 16 years and had their first Mardi Gras float in 2000. Their message this year went out to the gay community to promote diversity and religious tolerance.
- This group is made up of gay trades and their friends and supporters. They hoped their float will highlight that there are LGBTQI people everywhere, including the trades and services industry.
Oceania Rainbow's mission is to create safe spaces and support for LGBTIQ Pacific Islanders. Picture: Chris Meier
- This group’s mission is to create safe spaces and support networks for young Pacific Islander LGBTIQ in Sydney. With their float they hoped to increase their visibility in the community as Pacific People who are proud of identities.
- Flourish Australia supports people on their mental health recovery journey and helps to reconnect with the community to live a contributing life. By participating in the Parade, they hoped to show their support to the community and deliver the message that everyone has the freedom to Flourish in their own way.
Different Strokes Dragon Boat Club
- Different Strokes is a Sydney-based dragon boat club that was formed in 2008, with the aim of providing a social and fitness-focused sporting outlet for the LGBTQ community. With their float design they want to show a future where creating equality is not a question, but a reality.
Words can't describe how breathtaking it is to witness the enormous diversity of groups that make Sydney Mardi Gras so special, and it was fabulous for everyone at Google to be able to make a difference to their participation this year.
Posted by Renee LaBriola, Gayglers Sydney lead, Google Australia
The She Word: Tea Uglow, a "pebble in the landslide"
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Cross promoted from Google's
Photo credit: Tea’s friend
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating the powerful, dynamic and creative women of Google. Like generations before them, these women break down barriers and defy expectations at work and in their communities. Over the course of the month, we’ll help you get to know a few of these Google women, and share a bit about who they are and why they inspire us.
In our second installment of the “She Word” series, we hear from Tea Uglow, a creative director in Sydney, Australia who is known for her love of coffee (but not tea), and for grabbing a “quick flat white and a chat.”
You’re at a dinner party and someone asks what you do. How do you explain your job to them?
Ha! I just do it really badly. I am part of Google’s Creative Lab, a team of designers, writers, developers and filmmakers who combine tech and art to tell interesting stories about Google. We’re the types of people who constantly think about how to push ourselves beyond the notion what is possible and practical. We create unconventional projects to connect technology to culture, and shape new perspectives of Google’s brand.
Why are you proud to be a woman at Google?
Mainly because Google is proud of its women. Our commitment to equality and diversity has been persistent and committed. Most of all I feel proud to be a woman at Google because of the respect and understanding I've received since I came out as transgender, and during my transition.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I quite like doing nothing. I think it is a massively underrated pastime. I also like to potter and/or pootle.
What do you hope to accomplish on behalf of women everywhere?
To be a pebble in the landslide. (A pebble with demonstrable impact and effectiveness).
If you could take a selfie with anyone, who would it be?
I would totally selfie with Hilary Mantel or Neal Stephenson, two of my favorite writers.
What advice would you give to women starting out in their careers?
My advice, that I give again and again, is that working hard and doing brilliant work are essential to win credits, but to turn credits into points you will have to have difficult conversations and negotiate. And don’t think that you are being pushy or demanding when you do.
Measuring Australia's love, by numbers
Monday, March 6, 2017
Almost half of Australia is in love right now, although if you’re a dog owner who likes Vegemite the chances that you’re in love are far higher than if you’re into cats and wear budgie smugglers.
To celebrate the
2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
festival, we partnered with
Australian Marriage Equality
ask people from all over Australia about love
- from what’s an acceptable public display of affection, to who we love and how deeply we feel it, to whether we believe in marriage equality.
Using Google Surveys and YouTube Poll Everywhere, we gathered insights from thousands of people in all states and territories with the goal of showing how love can take different shapes yet have many common threads. We called our survey
Love by Numbers
- check it out (it looks best on a smartphone).
The Love by Numbers survey was launched at Mardi Gras Fair day. Picture: Chris Meier
We asked people if they were in love, how strongly they’re in love, we even showed people photos of other people in love and asked if they could spot love when it was right in front of them
The team worked with
Professor Lev Manovich
from City University of New York’s
Culture Analytics Lab
- a world leader in the field of culture analytics - as well as local experts to design the survey and ensure the questions asked were not leading or biased.
Among our findings were:
45% of Australians say they are in love right now
67% of South Australians claim to have fallen in love at some point in their lives, whereas just 48% of Western Australians claim to have ever been in love, while Tasmanians are the most in love right now, at 67%
Australia has slightly more big spoons (or spooners) than little spoons: 51 to 49%
When it comes to PDA, holding hands is fine (84%), but pashing is a little too much (-63%)
People in their 20s feel love five times more intensely than everyone else
There are significantly more dog lovers in love than cat lovers - some 74% to 36%
If you prefer Vegemite to Marmite, you're five times more likely to be in love right now
Despite being in love, we're not willing to tolerate budgie smugglers over board shorts: 87% of those who are loved-up right now think there's no excuse to smuggle budgies on the beach
Eight out of ten Australians recognise love when they see it, in all its diverse forms 63% of Australians think it’s fair to make same-sex marriage legal in Australia
The Love By Numbers data is hosted online by Australian Marriage Equality, which campaigns for equal marriage rights for all Australians.
We're proud supporters of marriage equality as well as the LGBTI community through our sponsorship of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Community Parade Grants.
Meet the team of awesome Googlers who contributed to Love by Numbers. Picture: Chris Meier
At Google, we encourage people to bring their whole selves to work. In all of our 60 offices around the world, we are committed to cultivating a work environment where Googlers can be themselves and thrive.
We also want our employees to have the same inclusive experience outside of the office, and for LGBTQI communities to be safe and to be accepted wherever they are.”
Posted by Tara McKenty, Creative Director at Google Australia, who is a little spoon and Marmite fan
Full house at the Mardi Gras Digital Garage
Friday, March 3, 2017
Digital skills training might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Mardi Gras, but it was top of mind for more than 100 LGBT and LGBT-friendly businesses who attended the
Digital Garage skills training event at the Google office in Sydney today.
The workshop, timed to coincide with this weekend’s
Sydney Mardi Gras
celebrations, brought together small business owners and operators to help them gain the digital skills they need to make the most of the web.
Partnering with the
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association
, we delivered training on getting started with digital marketing and showcased a range of digital tools, including our free online skills training platform
The Digital Garage
Google Australia Managing Director, Jason Pellegrino spoke at the event about the benefits of seeking diverse perspectives and building inclusive teams, for businesses both big and small.
Above: Google’s Yash Godbole; Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, Hon Ed Husic MP; Google Australia Managing Director, Jason Pellegrino; Google’s Cecelia Herbert; Google's VP Asia Pacific Operations, Karim Temsamani; and Google’s Renee La Briola.
We were also joined by Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, Hon Ed Husic MP, a strong advocate for businesses getting online. He spoke about the importance of inclusion to create thriving communities and economies and said it’s important all businesses have access to the skills and tools they need to grow.
Getting online can have huge benefits for Australian businesses. Research by
shows highly digitally engaged small businesses are more likely to be growing revenue, creating jobs and exporting, yet more than 90 per cent of small businesses are not taking full advantage of today’s digital tools.
Above: Small business owners and operators taking part in the digital skills training at Google Offices in Sydney.
At Google, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to succeed online, that’s why we developed
The Digital Garage
and why we are hosting events for small businesses, just like today’s, all around Australia.
And don’t worry, it wasn’t all work at today’s event. There were also plenty of opportunities for businesses to meet and share ideas - no doubt those conversations will continue well into the weekend!
Posted by Richard Flanagan, Head of SMB Marketing, Google Australia
Explore new dimensions of film at Adelaide Fringe Festival, with a wave of your smartphone
Friday, February 17, 2017
Falling in love is often described as a temporary madness. We feel time stop, lose our words, and find our head over our heels. Through a new interactive film,
Love at Fifth Site
, audiences are invited to explore the joy and the jungle of love, with the wave of a smartphone.
Our Creative Lab team and Grumpy Sailor Creative are presenting
Love at Fifth Site
, premiering at the Adelaide Fringe Festival from 17 February to 19 March 19, with a cast of young Australian talent, including Susie Youssef, Shannon Murphy and Rarriwuy Hick.
Love at Fifth Site
allows the audience to ‘shine a light’ onto the inner monologue of the film’s protagonists across a series of serendipitous and sometimes awkward encounters.
Through an installation of ‘mini-sets’ across Adelaide Fringe’s Digital Arcade space, the audience watch Sam and Tina over 20 years as they almost get together, and are exposed to their fears and insecurities and sometimes the bad luck that comes between them.
Using the mobile browser’s device orientation API and Chromebooks, the technology transforms any smartphone into a remote control for a nearby display. The smartphone’s gyroscope then responds to interaction and movement, allowing audiences to delve into different dimensions of the story.
Love at Fifth Site
builds on previous work by the Creative Lab to explore how technology can help artists create new and engaging experiences for their audiences. The work forms part of an ongoing exploration of how technology can help artists push the boundaries of traditional storytelling. Check it out if you are heading to
Posted by Jonathan Richards, Team Lead, Creative Lab, Sydney
Keep track of your favorite places and share them with friends
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Is your bucket list etched in your memory, or scribbled on a dozen post-it notes scattered around your home? Have you ever promised out-of-town guests an email full of your favorite spots, only to never get around to clicking send? Starting today, you can create lists of places, share your lists with others, and follow the lists your friends and family share with you—without ever leaving the Google Maps app (Android, iOS).
Getting started is easy. Simply open the Google Maps app and find that Dim Sum spot you’ve been wanting to try. Tapping on the place name and then the “Save” icon adds the place to one of several pre-set lists like “Want to Go” or “Favorites.” You can also add the restaurant to a new list that you name yourself, like “Finger Lickin’ Dumplings.” To recall the lists you’ve created, go to Your Places (in the side menu) and then open the saved tab. Icons for the places you’ve saved to lists will appear on the map itself, so you’ll always know whether one of your must-try spots is nearby.
Because sharing is caring, we made it easy to share lists like “Best Views in Sydney” via text, email, social networks and popular messaging apps. Whenever friends and family come to town, tap the share button to get a link and start flexing your local knowledge muscles. Once you send a link to your out-of-towners, they can tap “Follow” to pull up the list from Your Places whenever they need it. Here’s how it all works in real life:
The lists you follow are with you wherever you take Google Maps and are viewable on mobile and desktop—and even offline. Next time you're on a trip, download offline maps of the area in advance and you'll be able to see all the places you’ve added to lists on the map itself.
With the millions of landmarks, businesses and other points of interest in Google Maps, there’s no shortage of places to try. Now that we’ve got the world mapped, it’s your turn to map
world with Lists—from local hotspots to bucket list destinations worlds away.
Zach Maier, Product Manager, Google Maps
Mobile Live Streaming + Super Chat = Live (Streaming) the Dream
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Cross-posted from the global
A huge focus for us here at YouTube is to find new ways to let creators and viewers interact with each other and the videos they watch. And that's why we’ve supported live streaming since, well, before Beyoncé even had a baby – way back in 2011! And in 2016, we witnessed the most-viewed political live streams of all time – the 2016 U.S. presidential debates – and we launched the world’s first 360-degree live streaming support with full 4K video, at scale and for free.
So what’s next? The roll out of our new
mobile live streaming
feature to every creator with more than 10,000 subscribers (the rest of you will have it soon!). It’s a launch that’ll put the power of live streaming in the hands of hundreds of thousands of talented creators, giving them a more intimate and spontaneous way to share their thoughts, lives, and creativity.
Mobile live streaming has been built directly into the YouTube mobile app. All you have to do to start streaming is open YouTube, hit the capture button, and you’re live! Streamed videos will have all the same features as regular YouTube videos. They can be searched for, found via recommendations or playlists, and protected from unauthorized use. Our mobile live streaming uses YouTube’s rock-solid infrastructure, meaning it’ll be fast and reliable, just the YouTube you know and love. And we’ve been working hand-in-hand with hundreds of creators to refine the mobile streaming experience while they
stream from a boat
take live calls from their fans
. Based on their feedback, we did things like slowing down live chat (it turns out receiving 2,000 messages per second is a little too fast!) and pushing for better streaming quality across devices.
Show me the money
To help creators earn revenue from live streaming, we’re also excited to launch
, a new live stream monetization tool available to creators in more than
(and viewers in more than
). Super Chat is like paying for that front-row seat in the digital age: it lets any fan watching a live stream stand out from the crowd and get a creator’s attention by purchasing chat messages that are highlighted in bright colors and stay pinned to the top of the chat window for up to five hours. Super Chat gives viewers a chance to add a little visual flair to their chats and gives creators a new way to keep connected to their fans while earning a little money on the side, let’s say for example, while
shopping at Target
playing video games
Posted by Product Managers Barbara Macdonald, recently streamed a
, and Kurt Wilms, recently watched "
Bored at Target
Working around the clock to protect your privacy and security
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
There are plenty of things we can all do to be safer and more secure online. Having a strong and unique password on different accounts is a good start - who hasn’t recycled the same combination of your pet’s name and the numbers ‘1-2-3’? We’ve all been guilty of that at one stage or another.
Other measures include exchanging personal information only on encrypted sites, and keeping your software up to date with the latest patches - these tried-and-true tips have never been more important and effective. Take our
two-minute Security Checkup
to protect your account and adjust your security settings, and learn more about other ways to keep your Google Account secure at
Safer Internet Day
, we wanted to give some insight into how our systems protect you automatically - on Google and beyond. No switches to flip or buttons to click, just the stuff that happens in the background that keeps you protected around the clock while you go about your day.
Outsmarting phishing to protect your Google Account
Spam emails take advantage of your trust in friends and businesses to try and steal your username and password
An email may look like it came from someone trustworthy, but it might be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This spammy message is trying to phish you—trick you into giving away your personal information—and then give its authors access to your account.
Luckily, we’ve built lots of smart armour into Gmail that helps to block dodgy messages before you ever see them. Our systems anonymously examine thousands of signals on Gmail - where a message originated, to whom it’s addressed, what’s contained in the message, how often the sender has contacted the recipient in the past - to determine which messages are safe, and which ones aren’t. We then filter the vast majority of this nasty stuff out; the average Gmail inbox contains less than 0.1 percent spam.
Even that’s not enough, though, because the bad guys can be pretty clever. For example, a fraudster could steal your username and password because you accidentally shared them on an especially deceptive scam site. But even if attackers have your credentials, our systems are still able to block them and keep your account safe - something we did hundreds of millions of times in 2016. That's because we aren’t just making sure you’ve typed the right password.
We also look for subtler signals to confirm the sign-in is you and not someone else: Are you using the same device that you usually use? Are you in a familiar location, or somewhere far away that you haven’t been to before?
Scammers leave behind a trail of clues that help us inspect each log-in attempt and compare it with the picture of a safe log-in that our systems have painted based on billions and billions of other log-ins. If something looks fishy, we’ll require more verifications designed to thwart bad guys, send notifications to your phone, or email you so you can quickly act on anything that looks unfamiliar.
On the web, on Android: we've got you covered
We use similar security tools to help make the web and a huge variety of Android apps and devices safer, too. For example, have you ever clicked a link and seen a red warning, like this one below?
A Safe Browsing warning: red means stop!
at work, strongly suggesting you should avoid visiting a site because it probably contains “badness,” like malware or a phishing trap. Similar to the way we crawl the web to deliver search results, Safe Browsing crawls for bad stuff that might be harmful to you or your device. It’s always hard at work: We show
tens of millions of Safe Browsing warnings
every week on more than
2 billion devices
, across a variety of web browsers.
For our Android users, we developed an “app analyzer” that builds on Safe Browsing’s technology to specifically hunt for dangerous Android apps, wherever they may be, and warn you before you install one. If an app doesn’t pass the app analyzer test, it’s not be allowed in Google Play.
Detecting the obvious badness — sites well-known for phishing scams, ransomware that locks your device until you pay a fraudster — is relatively easy. But the stealthier badness is only detectable by measuring billions of signals across sites and apps. If this sounds similar to the way we approach spam protections on Gmail or suspicious logins into Google, that’s because it is! The ability to understand badness on a large scale enables us to find the clues bad guys didn’t even know they were leaving behind.
We have a responsibility to keep you safe on Google, and help make the web more secure as well. We’re constantly improving our automatic protections, but we want to give you the controls to adjust your security settings as well.
Be the change - unite for a better Internet
There’s one more thing we do that helps to keep you protected, and that’s working with others who share the same concern for your safety. We are honoured to work with some amazing organisations who are making a real impact in forging a better Internet for all of us to participate in. For example:
reach new audiences both within Australia and internationally through the launch of a
highlighting content from their acclaimed national seminar series. Topics include understanding anxiety in young people, the best child safety curriculum, and cultivating strong self esteem in children.
Alannah and Madeline Foundation
eSmart Digital Licence
with support from Google; teaching children aged 10-13 about how to use digital devices safely, social networking and gaming, protecting privacy, communicating safely online, searching and researching, friends and strangers, creating and sharing, and managing money and online credits.
launched a new online resource for
parents and carers
of teenagers which assists them in having difficult conversations about issues such as peer pressure and bullying.
We’re also collaborating with
on an exciting new project, stay tuned for more! If you need a refresher on the broader range of tools that Google makes available within our products to experience the Internet safely, take a look around the
Google Safety Centre
Don't forget to take our
and learn more about other ways to keep your Google Account secure at
, and happy Safer Internet Day!
Posted by Darren Bilby, Security Engineering Manager - Infrastructure Protection, Google Australia
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