TECHNOLOGY has become man’s greatest ally in the fight versus the coronavirus.
Google arsenal of technologies and its mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful to everyone are now fully utilized to battle the coronavirus. The search engine platform has committed itself to provide timely and helpful information everywhere using all of its available assets. Here is a shortlist of what it has in its armory:
SOS Alert on Search. In many countries around the world, including the Philippines, Google launched an SOS Alert on Search to help users find the latest developments surrounding the virus from authoritative sources. With SOS Alert, people will see a top stories carousel, links to helpful information, and safety tips from authoritative sources.
Information panel on YouTube. This aims to direct users to the World Health Organization (WHO) or other locally relevant authoritative organizations. This also appears underneath some of the videos a user is watching about the coronavirus.
Protecting people from misinformation on its various platforms:
On YouTube, any content that claims to prevent the coronavirus in place of seeking medical treatment is being removed.
On Google Ads, the company is blocking all ads capitalizing on the coronavirus, and Google has blocked tens of thousands of ads over the last six weeks. The company is also helping WHO and government organizations run PSA ads.
Google Play also prohibits developers from capitalizing on sensitive events, and its long-standing content policies strictly prohibit apps that feature medical or health-related content or functionalities that are misleading or potentially harmful.
Google’s policy whitepaper, How Google Fights Disinformation, provides further background on how information quality is upheld across platforms.
Advancing health research and science using DeepMind. Deepmind has released structure predictions of several proteins associated with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus. These structure predictions have not yet been experimentally verified, but the hope is that by accelerating their release they may contribute to the scientific community’s understanding of how the virus functions and experimental work in developing future treatments.
As more employees, educators, and students work remotely in response to coronavirus, Google Cloud is helping them stay connected and productive.
Google has also rolled out free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally, including the Department of Education so that schools can stay connected in response to Coronavirus.
To support relief efforts and government organizations Google is providing $25 million in donated ad credit to the WHO and government agencies, and will provide more if there is a need throughout the year.
Google.org and Googlers have donated over $1 million to support relief efforts, which will go towards organizations working to purchase medical supplies, provide frontline workers with food and lodging, support the construction of temporary hospitals, and help with long-term recovery efforts.