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Stories of Yoga on Google Arts & Culture

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Yoga has been around for a few millennia, but I’m completely new to the practice and have only practiced a few poses, like Ekpadasana (the “one leg posture”). Just like a yoga teacher would lead you through the steps of this posture, a new Google Arts & Culture collection called Stories of Yoga, takes you through the history, culture and science behind the practice. If you’re a new yogi like me, follow the sequence below to learn the “one leg posture,” and read on for some insights our partners have shared for the “Stories of Yoga” exhibit.




1. Come to a standing posture. Take in a deep breath. 
Do you know what the word “yoga” means? It has a lot of nuanced interpretations. The ancient Indian text, called Rigveda, implied yoga means “achieving the unachieved,” “harnessing,” or “connection,” and the exhibition “What is Yoga?” explains other interpretations.


2. Finding your balance, bring up your right foot and place it in the center of the inner thigh of your left leg. Your toes should point downward. 
One of the most widely-known gurus, Swami Sivananda, introduced five principles of yoga: proper exercise (āsana), the right breathing (prāṇāyāma), relaxation (śavāsana), proper diet, and positive thinking & meditation (vedānta). 


3. Bring your palms together in front of your chest as if in prayer, and focus your gaze on a spot in the distance in front of you. Exhale.
Yoga is older than you might think, it actually dates back by a few millennia. The so-called Vedas and Upanishads started referring to yoga around 3000 BC. Two of the earliest teachers who recorded texts dedicated to yoga were Yajnavalkya and Patanjali. Visit the Museum of Classical Yoga and explore a brief timeline.


4. Hold the position and inhale and exhale deeply a few times. 
Yoga strengthens your body as well as the mind. Learn about Shri Yogendra, who started off as a wrestler before rooting himself into yoga and founding the Yoga Institute. Or follow the journey of well known guru B.K.S Iyengar, who used yoga to heal his tuberculosis-affected body.


5. Release back into the standing posture slowly, and repeat for the other leg. 
Did you know that women were actually barred from practicing the yoga discipline? Meet pioneer Shrimati Sita Devi Yogendra, who changed perceptions by becoming the first female guru. She introduced sequences specially tailored for women’s physiology. 


6. As a variation, you can lift your arms up all the way while holding the prayer position. As another variation, you can do the entire sequence while lying flat on your back instead of standing. 
There are so many different postures and their variations, and each school has a set of their own. Take a sneak-peek into some of the yoga centers in virtual walkthroughs and see the practice sessions up close. 


It is not a big stretch to learn more about yoga thanks to Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres & Ashrams, The Yoga Institute, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Vivekananda House and other institutions on Google Arts & Culture at g.co/storiesofyoga.

By Simon Rein, Program Manager, Google Arts & Culture

Neighbourly introduces four new ways to connect with your neighbours

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You can now browse and post local photos, events, polls, and tips


Life happens a few kilometers from home or work. Neighbourly is an app that connects local communities to help them learn and share about everything happening nearby. After launching last year in Mumbai, Neighbourly opened up to cities across all of India, with neighbours asking and answering millions of questions along the way.


// Is there a cricket coaching centre for girls around Nangainallur?
// Can a professional photographer in Kadugodi cover a 2 hour event on Saturday 6-8 pm?
// Is anyone looking for a pet black labrador who is lost near the Sector 44 petrol pump?


Neighbours have been eager to share their unique knowledge. According to one samaritan, “I love to check out my mohalla in Indore and help people there with my local knowledge, while I get help from my new neighbours in Bangalore.” We’ve also clearly heard the feedback that asking a question is just the beginning -- there’s so much more local information out there that only neighbours know. With the latest update of Neighbourly, people can now: 


// Post Photos - Snap a photo of the meal you enjoyed at a newly-opened restaurant.
// Create Events - Invite new neighbours to watch an upcoming cricket match.
// Create Polls - Get quick input on the best local vegetarian restaurant.
// Share Tips - Update neighbours on hazards and repairs happening on the roads.

    Neighbourly adds support for local photos, events, polls, and expert tips.


    These features will make it even easier to share with and learn from your neighbours. You can also show off how well you know your neighbourhood by solving a Neighbourhood Challenge -- puzzles that will appear from time-to-time in the app. Your neighbours will then vote on your contribution!

    Enter a Neighbourhood Challenge to show off how well you know your neighbourhood. 


    The Neighbourly app is available on the Google Play Store for all smartphones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher. If you already have Neighbourly, you’ll see these new features starting today. Be sure to try your luck at a Neighbourhood Challenge, too! Neighbourly’s mission is to give people a helpful, human, and local way to keep up with everything happening nearby. We look forward to hearing your feedback.


    By Muzayun Mukhtar, User Experience Researcher, Neighbourly

    Web rangers: Meet the superheroes of 2019

    For the last five years, Google India has been organising Web Rangers contest to raise awareness on Online Safety, and the importance of navigating the web in a safe and secure way by raising awareness amongst youth.


    This year we announced the Web Rangers contest for students aged between 10-17 to share with us their efforts to educate their friends and family on Online Safety. Web Rangers Contest this year had two categories -- Campaigns and Projects that got hundreds of submissions from across India. The students submitted entries that ranged from educational videos, websites and even in person workshops organised in both their schools and neighbourhoods.


    A big shout out and heartiest congratulations to all the web superheroes who won this year.


    The winning submissions are below:


    Web Ranger #1, Rajwinder Singh, Thane, Maharashtra
    Rajwinder Sing built a site to demonstrate the importance of education and awareness on Online Safety and also has a quiz to help you test your knowledge.


    Web Ranger #2, Harshath ramana, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    Harshath ramana created an animated video sharing tip on staying safe online and how to avoid phishing, especially the ones telling you that you have won a grand prize and try to steal your information.


    Web Rangers #3, Suryansh Pathak, Jaipur, Rajasthan
    Suryansh Pathak created a video, showing the different kind of phishing emails and ransomware and how to recognize if you are being phished or when you lose access to your account. The video explains details of fake link, checking for spelling and also shows how you can avoid ransomware.


    Web Ranger team of #4 #5 and #6, Rishal Pandey Chettri, Sewandeep Sharma, and Aditya Chettri, Gangtok, Sikkim
    The team of Rishal Pandey Chettri, Sewandeep Sharma and Aditya Chettri created Cyber Warriors reaching over 30,000 people. They organised workshops in their schools, along with the slogan writing contest and a quiz. Their efforts were highlighted in the local newspaper and they also ran a social media campaign sharing tips on staying safe on the internet.


    By Sunita Mohanty, Director, Trust & Safety, Google India

    Helping enterprises in India transform their businesses in the cloud

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    In the last year, there’s been an upward trend in cloud adoption in India. In fact, NASSCOM finds that cloud spending in India is estimated to grow at 30% per annum to cross the US$7 billion mark by 2022.


    In my conversations with customers, discussions have evolved beyond cost savings and efficiencies. While those are still very relevant reasons for adopting cloud technologies, Indian enterprises are looking to Google Cloud to help them drive digital transformation, identify new revenue generating business models, reach previously untapped consumer markets, and build customer loyalty through greater insight and personalization.


    To help more enterprises in India take advantage of the cloud, today we’re kicking off our Google Cloud Summit in Mumbai and next week we take the show on the road to customers in New Delhi and Bangalore. More of a community gathering than a conference, our Cloud Summits are where conversations start, partnerships form and problems are solved; and where customers convene to learn from their peers and experts about how the cloud is transforming business. It’s also our opportunity to better understand the needs of Indian businesses, and to get inspired by our customers’ success stories. Here are a few highlights.




    Tata Steel: Mining data and maximizing its power


    Tata Steel is a great example of an established enterprise from a traditional industry that is modernizing and embracing cloud computing. With an ambition to be a leader in manufacturing in India and a digital-first organization by 2022, Tata Steel believes smart analytics is key to enhancing operational efficiency and gaining business advantage.

    To organize data from siloed systems across the organization and make it easily accessible to all employees, Tata Steel is using Cloud Search and plans to scale it to more than one million documents and 28 disparate enterprise content sources including enterprise resource planning (ERP) and SharePoint. In fact, Tata Steel is one of the first Indian enterprises to harness the power of Cloud Search to meet some of the most aggressive ingestion demands, with indexing durations reduced from weeks to seconds.


    They are also leveraging Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services like Google Cloud Storage and BigQuery to build their data lake and enterprise data warehouse so they can take advantage of advanced analytics and machine learning. Managed services such as AI Platform further enable Tata Steel to manage end-to-end AI/ML workflows within the GCP console. This complements their existing on-premise reporting and analytics tools, and brings data management to the forefront of everything they do—from forecasting market demand to predictive equipment maintenance.


    “Digital is not just a goal, it’s become a way of life. We are digitizing everything from the deployment of factory vehicles to improving material throughput to marketing and sales. As a result, we have petabytes of structured and unstructured data that is not only waiting to be mined, but that we can generate intelligence from to create opportunities across our multiple lines of business using GCP,” said Sarajit Jha, Chief Business Transformation & Digital Solutions at Tata Steel.


    Helping L&T Financial Services reach customers in rural communities


    In rural communities, quick access to financial services can make a tremendous difference to livelihoods. L&T Financial Services provides farm-equipment finance, micro loans and two-wheeler finance to consumers across rural India backed by a strong digital and analytics platform. Their digital-loan approval app, which runs on GCP, makes it significantly faster and easier for people to apply for financial assistance to purchase important things such as farming equipment and two-wheelers. It also helps rural women entrepreneurs get quicker access to funds for their businesses through micro loans.


    L&T Financial found G Suite to be a far better collaborative tool to help staff work together efficiently. Employees can interact with each other in real time using Hangouts Meet, and the task of information sharing is more seamless and secure through Drive. BigQuery also helps L&T Financial Services generate behavior scorecards to track credit quality of its micro-loan customers.


    “Cloud is the technology that enables us to achieve scale and reach. Today there are countless data points available about rural consumers which enable us to personalize our products to serve them better. With access to faster compute power, we can also on-board consumers more efficiently. Our rural businesses have clocked a disbursement CAGR of 60% over the past three years." said Sunil Prabhune, Chief Executive-Rural Finance, and Group Head-Digital, IT and Analytics, L&T Financial Services.


    Creating conversational connections for Digitate’s customers


    Digitate, a venture of TCS (Tata Consultancy Services), has integrated Dialogflow into its flagship brand ignio, an award-winning artificial intelligence platform for driving IT operations, workload operations and ERP operations for diverse enterprises. This integration is the next step in ignio’s product development journey, and will enable users to chat or talk with ignio to detect issues, triage problems, resolve them and even predict system behavior.


    “ignio combines its unique self-healing AIOps capabilities for enterprise IT and business operations with Dialogflow’s AI/ML-based, easy to use, natural and rich conversational capabilities to create an unparalleled, intuitive and feature-rich experience for our customers,” says Akhilesh Tripathi, Head of Digitate.


    Indian enterprises going G Suite


    The base of Indian enterprises that are making the switch to G Suite to streamline their productivity and collaboration also continues to grow. Sharechat, BookMyShow, Hero MotorCorp, DB Corp and Royal Enfield are now able to move faster within their organizations, using intelligent, cloud-based apps to transform the way they work.


    A hybrid and multi-cloud future in India


    Customers want and deserve choice and flexibility, and openness continues to be a major differentiator for Google Cloud. Since we announced Anthos, our hybrid, multi-cloud solution at Next ‘19, customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. That’s because Anthos embraces open standards, and lets customers run their applications, unmodified, on existing on-prem hardware investments or in the public cloud.


    IDC predicts that by 2023, 55% of India 500 organizations will have a multi-cloud management strategy that includes integrated tools across public and private clouds. (IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2019 Predictions  — India Implications (# AP43922319). So when we hold our flagship Cloud Summits in India in 2020, I look forward to sharing more success stories of Indian enterprises that have taken the next step in their digital transformation journey.

    Posted by Nitin Bawankule, Country Director, Google Cloud, India

    Our ongoing work to tackle hate

    Over the past few years, we’ve been investing in the policies, resources and products needed to live up to our responsibility and protect the YouTube community from harmful content. This work has focused on four pillars: removing violative content, raising up authoritative content, reducing the spread of borderline content and rewarding trusted creators. Thanks to these investments, videos that violate our policies are removed faster than ever and users are seeing less borderline content and harmful misinformation. As we do this, we’re partnering closely with lawmakers and civil society around the globe to limit the spread of violent extremist content online.


    We review our policies on an ongoing basis to make sure we are drawing the line in the right place: in 2018 alone, we made more than 30 policy updates. One of the most complex and constantly evolving areas we deal with is hate speech. We’ve been taking a close look at our approach towards hateful content in consultation with dozens of experts in subjects like violent extremism, supremacism, civil rights, and free speech. Based on those learnings, we are making several updates:


    Removing more hateful and supremacist content from YouTube
    YouTube has always had rules of the road, including a longstanding policy against hate speech. In 2017, we introduced a tougher stance towards videos with supremacist content, including limiting recommendations and features like comments and the ability to share the video. This step dramatically reduced views to these videos (on average 80%). Today, we're taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. This would include, for example, videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory. Finally, we will remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place.


    We recognize some of this content has value to researchers and NGOs looking to understand hate in order to combat it, and we are exploring options to make it available to them in the future. And as always, context matters, so some videos could remain up because they discuss topics like pending legislation, aim to condemn or expose hate, or provide analysis of current events. We will begin enforcing this updated policy today, however it will take time for our systems to fully ramp up and we’ll be gradually expanding coverage over the next several months.


    Reducing borderline content and raising up authoritative voices
    In addition to removing videos that violate our policies, we also want to reduce the spread of content that comes right up to the line. In January, we piloted an update of our systems in the U.S. to limit recommendations of borderline content and harmful misinformation, such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, or claiming the earth is flat. We’re looking to bring this updated system to more countries by the end of 2019. Thanks to this change, the number of views this type of content gets from recommendations has dropped by over 50% in the U.S. Our systems are also getting smarter about what types of videos should get this treatment, and we’ll be able to apply it to even more borderline videos moving forward. As we do this, we’ll also start raising up more authoritative content in recommendations, building on the changes we made to news last year. For example, if a user is watching a video that comes close to violating our policies, our systems may include more videos from authoritative sources (like top news channels) in the "watch next" panel.


    Continuing to reward trusted creators and enforce our monetization policies


    Finally, it’s critical that our monetization systems reward trusted creators who add value to YouTube. We have longstanding advertiser-friendly guidelines that prohibit ads from running on videos that include hateful content and we enforce these rigorously. And in order to protect our ecosystem of creators, advertisers and viewers, we tightened our advertising criteria in 2017. In the case of hate speech, we are strengthening enforcement of our existing YouTube Partner Program policies. Channels that repeatedly brush up against our hate speech policies will be suspended from the YouTube Partner program, meaning they can’t run ads on their channel or use other monetization features like SuperChat.


    The openness of YouTube’s platform has helped creativity and access to information thrive. It’s our responsibility to protect that, and prevent our platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence. We are committed to taking the steps needed to live up to this responsibility today, tomorrow and in the years to come.


    -- The YouTube Team

    Google Search and the Assistant help you stay on top of the ICC Cricket World Cup action

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    Over the next month and a half, cricket fans across the country will be gripped in the fever that is the ICC Cricket World Cup! We’re as excited as you are, and have been working on many features that will be lighting up across our products to help you get the most out of this exciting sporting season. From Google Search to the Assistant, here’s how you can stay in the know -- and even have a bit of fun.  


    Google Search
    During the cricketing action, you can explore the tournament table, stats, and upcoming matches right in Google Search. Just search for “ICC Cricket World Cup” in English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, or Urdu to get started.




    Get in on the action with your favorite team—for instance search for “India cricket team”—to read up on the latest news, view squads, lineups, and even dive into winning probabilities, which will continuously update before and during the game.


    If you can’t watch a live match, Search can help you stay on top of the game. You can view short video clips highlighting exciting moments, and read through live commentary in English and Hindi. If you’re following a team or all matches in the World Cup, you’ll also see game notifications appear on your home screen to make sure you don’t drop the ball.


    To keep track of all the matches, you also can pin real-time scores on your Android phone screen from Search on mobile browsers or from the Android Google App. Find the match you’re looking for, then tap and drag to pin the match anywhere on your screen.




    After each match, you can dive into summaries including player of the match, top performers and key moments. Within an hour after a game ends, you’ll find video recaps from select broadcasting partners featuring highlights of major match moments.



    Google Assistant and Google Home

    To make sure you never miss a game, try asking your Assistant, “Hey Google, when does India play next?” And while you’re watching your favorite team hit another six or rip through the opposing top order, you can ask your Assistant for interesting stats about your favorite player or team -- like how many career runs a player has, or who the player of a specific match was. You can even get up-to-date stats by asking, "Hey Google, what are the current Cricket standings?" This also works in Google Search.




    Highlights, live audio, behind-the-scenes and more from YouTube


    On YouTube you can get highlights to every game on the official ICC channel. And top teams like India and Australia will take you behind the scenes with the players on their YouTube channels.    


    Now that you have everything you need to stay informed during the ICC Cricket World Cup, it’s time to pick up your bat and ball and dive into the action!

    YouTube NextUp is back in India with 3 special editions for the very first time

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    YouTube's mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world. To ensure that our platform reflects our values, we have a number of initiatives that amplify the voices of various groups and promote inclusivity. Central to YouTube’s mission is helping creators be discovered, build a business and succeed on our platform, and this is why NextUp exists.


    We are back with our 4th edition in India! We are now bigger than ever before.


    Looking at the amazing response from our creator and artist community, we are bringing three new editions this year -- NextUp for Artists, NextUp Women To Watch and NextUp for Gamers.


    In the previous editions, YouTube helped discover talent from across the country -- be it your favorite Marathi entertainers, sports enthusiasts or your own gardening buddy, and has successfully contributed to the success of over 50 Indian creators. We have been supporting and inspiring the creator and artist community from across the country, with language, genre, and gender being no bar.

    So who’s NextUp? And whats special in 2019?


    We’re looking for passionate and motivated YouTube creators and artists who are ready to create more compelling stories with better production skills; those who are seeking mentorship from production and channel development experts, and eager participants looking for an opportunity to collaborate with talented creators and be a part of the global NextUp community. The 3 contests launching this June are as follows:


    NextUp for Artists [Open and Accepting Entries]: Whether you are passionate about creating music videos to accompany your original songs, or are committed to showing your fans the “behind the scenes” moments of your career as a musician, YouTube is committed to supporting you at every step of your artist journey. In our endeavour to hone the next generation of artists, we will be bringing YouTube NextUp for Artists to Mumbai in August this year!


    NextUp Women To Watch [Stay Tuned, Contest Opening soon]: Join us for our first-ever Women to Watch edition of NextUp in India, to enable and empower female creators and their audience. Are you like Larissa D’sa (Class of 2017), who started out as a beauty creator and has branched out to travel &  lifestyle? Or maybe you love making people laugh, like Wonder Munna (Class of 2018) does, in her Bengali comedy sketches. We want to hear your unique voice and share your story with the world to inspire the next generation of women on YouTube. NextUp Women To Watch coming soon to Delhi!


    NextUp for Gamers [Stay Tuned, Contest Opening soon]:  Have you been scoring those Chicken Dinners or finding those hidden drop locations like Gattu? Or making your viewers cheer and laugh while you stream like Dynamo Gaming? If yes, the exclusive YouTube NextUp for Gamers is here to support your Gaming journey on YouTube! For its very first iteration in India, NextUp for Gamers will be hosted in Chennai.


    *We welcome entries from all over India for all contests.


    Want more reasons to Apply? Hear directly from our Alumni
    “Meeting my fellow NextUp creators for the first time I felt that I have a sense of belonging. We’re all going through the same process”  - Tanya Khanijow, NextUp Winner 2018


    “NextUp taught me how to collaborate with other creators, learn from their creative process and how they approach their YouTube channel” - Sejal Kumar, NextUp Winner 2016


    “I always wanted to achieve good video production skills. NextUp taught me a lot of other things such as, story-telling, cinematography and light setup” - Rishhsome, NextUp Winner 2017


    Excited? So are we! So here’s how you can apply:
    1. Visit the NextUp website at youtube.com/nextup to check Eligibility Requirements and Contest Rules, for each of these contests.
    2. If you meet the criteria, go ahead and apply! 


    *Please note: NextUp for Artists is open and accepting entries, while NextUp Women to Watch & NextUp for Gamers will be live very soon, keep a check on YouTube.com/nextup for updates.


    We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    Posted by Marc Lefkowitz, Head of YouTube Creator and Artist Development, APAC

    Stay informed about local bus and long-distance train schedules, now on Google Maps

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    From a college student hopping onto a bus, to a family on vacation boarding a train journey to the serene beaches of Goa, public transport is the lifeblood of millions of Indians. And Google Maps is being used by over a billion travelers to navigate and explore their world, wherever they are. Beyond providing the ability to simply navigate between places, we have focused on building India-first features for Google Maps, to deliver a more relevant, accurate, and reliable experience.
    Today we are happy to announce three more features to Google Maps in India, to make public transport  journeys more efficient and seamless: Bus travel times from live traffic in 10 of the largest cities in India, live train status for Indian Railways trains, and mixed-mode commute suggestions that now combine auto-rickshaw and public transport.


    Simplifying travel on public transport buses
    Google Maps can now tell you about your bus travel times based on live traffic. This uses the power of Google’s live traffic data and public bus schedules to calculate delays and provide accurate travel times. This is the first product of its kind -- launching first in India -- enabling you to know how long your bus trip will take when factoring in live traffic conditions. This feature is launching in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Chennai, Mysore, Coimbatore, and Surat.




    To use this feature, enter your starting location and destination, then tap the transit tab. The results for bus travel times from live traffic will include the time in green (when running on time) or red (when delayed.)


    Real-time train information for long-distance trains
    Google Maps can now help you know when your train will arrive by indicating the real-time status. Search for your starting location and destination, or your starting station and destination to see a list of trains that you can take between the routes. From there, you can easily see the real-time status, and whether any of them are delayed, right inside Google Maps. This feature was developed in partnership with the Where is My Train app that Google acquired last year.


    Mixed-mode directions results that include auto-rickshaws
    We’re excited to announce directions support in Maps for journeys that combine auto-rickshaw and public transport. The public transport tab on Google Maps for Android will now tell you when taking such a journey is a good option, how long it will take, which station you should take an auto-rickshaw to/from. You can also see the rickshaw meter estimate, and departure times for your transit connection. This feature will be available for Delhi and Bangalore initially and will soon be extended to more cities.



    Posted by Taylah Hasaballah, Product Manager, Google Maps

    Update on Project Strobe: New policies for Chrome and Drive

    Third-party apps and websites create services that millions of people use to get things done and customize their online experience. To make this ecosystem successful, people need to be confident their data is secure, and developers need clear rules of the road. That’s why last year we announced Project Strobe, a root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to your Google account and Android device data.


    As a result of our review, we implemented new policies across Gmail and Android to better protect your data. For example, with changes to SMS and Call Log permissions for Android apps, the number of apps with access to this sensitive information has decreased by more than 98 percent. These apps are still able to deliver core services to people just by switching to permissions that access less sensitive data, or by eliminating minor functionality in their apps.


    Today, we’re announcing additional changes as a result of Project Strobe, including new policies for Chrome extensions and the Drive API. Here’s what’s new:


    Trustworthy Chrome Extensions
    There are more than 180,000 extensions in the Chrome Web Store, and nearly half of all Chrome desktop users actively use extensions to customize Chrome and their experience on the web—helping them keep track of to-dos or find shopping deals online. This ability to improve and personalize online experiences depends on a vibrant community of Chrome browser developers.


    Last October, we shared our intention to ensure that all Chrome extensions are trustworthy by default. Today, as part of Project Strobe, we’re continuing that effort with additional Chrome Web Store policies. Specifically:

    1. We’re requiring extensions to only request access to the appropriate data needed to implement their features. If there is more than one permission that could be used to implement a feature, developers must use the permission with access to the least amount of data. While this has always been encouraged of developers, now we’re making this a requirement for all extensions.
    2. We’re requiring more extensions to post privacy policies, including extensions that handle personal communications and user-provided content. Our policies have previously required any extension that handles personal and sensitive user data to post a privacy policy and handle that data securely. Now, we’re expanding this category to include extensions that handle user-provided content and personal communications. Of course, extensions must continue to be transparent in how they handle user data, disclosing the collection, use and sharing of that data.


    We’re announcing these changes in advance of the official policy rollout this summer to give developers the time needed to ensure their extensions will be in compliance. Developers can learn more about these changes in our FAQ.


    Tightening the Drive API
    Last fall we updated our user data policy to provide additional guidelines and restrictions for apps seeking to access your Gmail data. Today we’re announcing plans to extend the same policy to Google Drive, which will give you more control over what data third-party apps can access in Drive.


    When you connect third-party apps, Drive gives you one central place to keep all your files and helps you easily collaborate with others. With this updated policy, we’ll limit apps that use Google Drive APIs from broadly accessing content or data in Drive. This means we’ll restrict third-party access to specific files and be verifying public apps that require broader access, such as backup services.


    These changes will go into effect early next year. Visit the Cloud blog for more details.

    Our top priority is to protect user data and keep it safe, while continuing to enable developers to build features that people want and need. As we continue the work of Project Strobe, we’ll also work with our developer partners to give them appropriate time to adjust and update their apps and services

    By Ben Smith, Google Fellow and Vice President of Engineering

    Announcing Webmaster Conference — India!

    In the next three years, half a billion Indian language users will be on the web. This unprecedented growth presents a huge opportunity for local language content creators to expand their reach and to improve the local language web ecosystem.


    Last year, we went to 11 cities with our Google Search Conference and engaged with over 700 content creators who joined us from across the length and breadth of the country. Looking at the overwhelmingly positive response from the publishers, we are now excited to bring back this conference, fresh and rebranded to Webmaster Conference.



    This year, Webmaster Conference will be held in 15 cities and in five Indian languages -- Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu, besides English.


    Webmaster Conference series schedule:


    City
    Date
    Primary Language
    New Delhi
    June 17
    Hindi
    Chandigarh
    June 19
    Hindi
    Ahmedabad
    June 21
    Hindi
    Patna
    June 24
    Hindi
    Lucknow
    June 26
    Hindi
    Indore
    July 15
    Hindi
    Kolkata
    July 17
    Bengali
    Mumbai
    (for women only)
    July 19
    English
    Pune
    July 22
    Marathi
    Coimbatore
    July 29
    Tamil
    Chennai
    July 31
    Tamil
    Bangalore, for women only
    August 2
    English
    Hyderabad
    August 5
    Telugu
    Vijayawada
    August 7
    Telugu
    Visakhapatnam
    August 9
    Telugu


    Agenda and Topics
    The conference aims to help you better understand industry best practices for building great websites, creating high-quality content that is safe for users and making content easily accessible and visible on Google Search to the growing number of local language Internet users.


    It includes talks on what’s latest on Google Search, the new Google Search Console and various other tools, as well as Google’s underlying principles and policies for Search as well as AdSense. The topics will be selected based on community needs and requests.


    We believe it’ll also serve as a great platform for the participants to connect with Googlers from the Search and AdSense teams as well as industry experts and influencers engaged in building the local language web ecosystem.


    Who can participate
    The conference is open to everyone who creates content on the web. If you create content online, run or own a website, are a publisher or a webmaster, manage SEO or are aspiring to start your online presence in one of the India local languages, then you shouldn't miss this conference!


    Register your interest!
    If you are interested in participating, please register here!


    Registration for each city event closes 10 days before the respective event date.


    Once you are shortlisted, you will receive an invitation email from us confirming the venue details. Please note that this is an invite-only event and filling out the form does not guarantee your spot at the conference.


    We hope to see you at one of the events! If you have any questions, please go through the FAQs here.

    Posted by Syed Malik Mairaj, Trust & Safety Outreach Lead South Asia