Google launches €10mn grant for internet safety in Europe

By Laura Mullan
Google has launched a new €10mn ($11.21mn) grant to support European organisations which are working to keep people safer online. The technology gian...

Google has launched a new €10mn ($11.21mn) grant to support European organisations which are working to keep people safer online.

The technology giant will use the new grant fund – the Google.org Impact Challenge on Safety – to support nonprofits, universities, academic research institutions, and other organisations that are working to tackle hate, extremism and other online/ offline safety issues.

Google has already partnered with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue to help organisations in the UK to tackle extremism and polarisation.

However, the company wants to take this further by expanding the project in Europe.

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Now, Google says it will offer grants of up to €1,000,000 (US$1,121,245) to selected applicants and it will also run events and workshops.

“These organisations might be focused on tackling hate and extremism in their communities, or helping young people stay safe online,” said Kristie Canegallo, VP of Trust & Safety at Google.

“They’re working on topics that don’t necessarily start when you open a laptop or end when you close one, but where technology can still play a role.”

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