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Doonside students learning skills of the future

Ever wanted to eat cupcakes with a robot? Ok us either... But more than 600 students from seven schools gathered at Doonside Technology High in Western Sydney and had the chance to do just that. They weren’t just bonding over the baked goods, they were learning skills of the future like STEM and computer science.
A recent report from Alphabeta highlighted the changing nature of work due to developments in technology and automation and looked at the skills the Austrailan workforce will need to thrive in the new economy.

We were delighted to join Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, Ed Husic in partnering with nonprofit organisation Schools Plus to support a STEM-themed school program and Robotics Club at Doonside Technology high that will see seven schools - Crawford Public School, Doonside Public School, Doonside Technology High School, Evans High School, Marayong South Public School, Plumpton High School and Walters Road Public School - receive support to significantly expand students’ access to digital technologies and STEM learning activities.

We’re providing $45,000 in funding as well as mentoring and professional development with some of our amazing Google colleagues to introduce more STEM education for students.

This is the third project Google has funded with Schools Plus, taking our total contributions to over $100,000 including Balga High School (WA) and Madison Park (SA).
We've long been supporters of computer science and STEM education in Australia - supporting over 12,000 teachers through Google Educator PD grants, reaching new students across the country and giving them access to a world class robotics program with FIRST robotics, and delivering professional development training to over 35,000 teachers (and counting) across Australia through our collaboration with the CSER team at the University of Adelaide. Future innovations and inventions in Australia will come from students gaining skills in computer science today, and blending that with other disciplines to solve challenges the world faces now, and in the future.

Thanks to Schools Plus for bringing this exciting opportunity to us and we can’t wait to work with students and teachers in Western Sydney to do great things with technology.

An updated Safety Centre for Safer Internet Day

Making technology for everyone means protecting everyone who uses it. For more than 20 years, Google has been building useful products to help make people’s lives easier. From the beginning, we’ve recognised that not everyone uses the Internet in the same way and that’s why we offer tools to keep your family safer online, and it’s why we’re continually cracking down on bad actors whose actions make the web worse for all.

In the lead up to Safer Internet Day, we have launched an expanded Google Safety Centre. We’ve updated our resources and pulled even more tools, easy security tips and information into one site dedicated to educating and empowering people on important topics like data security, privacy controls and how to use technology in a way that is right for your family.



The Google Safety Centre educates kids and helps their parents and teachers support them to explore the internet and use our Google products safely. With Family Link, we empower parents to set digital ground rules by managing their Google Accounts, device, and app usage. Family-friendly products, like YouTube Kids, provide a safer online experience for discovery. Beyond our own products, we also help kids learn how to be safer, more confident explorers of the online world through our investment in programs such as the eSmart Digital Licence.

As technology continues to change the way we live, work, and play, our commitment to keeping you safe and secure remains top of mind and the updated Google Safety Centre is part of that commitment.

Advancing Cancer Treatment Research with Artificial Intelligence



One in four Australians are diagnosed with cancer during their lives. Even when correctly diagnosed, the best cancer treatments achieve only a 48 percent success rate over three years.1

A key to better predicting patient treatment outcomes for cancer sufferers lies in finding and interpreting the patterns and genes of significance in the genomes of patients who have responded best to previous treatments.

This World Cancer Day, we’re proud to share the inspiring work that Brisbane-based machine learning consultancy, Max Kelsen, is doing with artificial intelligence (AI) to better predict patient responses to cancer treatments such as immunotherapy.

Their Immunotherapy Outcome Prediction (IOP) has the potential to change the lives of millions of cancer patients worldwide. Working alongside genomiQa, QIMR Berghofer, BGI, and QLD Health Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Max Kelsen plans to integrate AI and whole genome sequencing into cancer research and clinical practice and putting us one step closer to fully personalized, highly effective treatment plans.


Here's a summary of five themes that defined Search in Australia in 2018:

Happy and sad endings

This year we were mesmerised by Meghan Markle as she made her royal entrance down the aisle. The Duchess of Sussex topped the list of global figures, while “Royal wedding” landed the top spot in the list of news events. We watched the Thai cave rescue unfold, and celebrated when the boys were returned to safety. However, 2018 was not all fairytale endings, as we mourned and said goodbye to Avicii, Anthony Bourdain, Aretha Franklin, Jessica Falkholt and Eurydice Dixon.


Sports scores and scandals

Aussies were watching, cheering and tracking scores for all kinds of sport this year, including soccer, tennis, rugby, AFL and more.  We were gripped with World Cup fever and celebrated our Commonwealth Games, with both events taking the top two searches overall. We followed David Warner and the ball tampering scandal, searched for State of Origin – and looked for Socceroo Tim Cahill when he was off the field and then left the game.

Health check-ups

Aussies were hungry for health related information this year, spanning nutrition, weight loss, disease and personal data. The top ‘How to…?' search was “How to opt out of my health records” followed by “How to lose weight fast” and “How to lose belly fat.” Aussies also read up on listeria following the outbreaks  – and we wondered about a fictional disease called ligma (made up by a Fortnite streamer).

Keto is king

It seems Aussies were ready to throw out the sweet stuff this year as "Keto recipes” topped the list of recipe searches. Desserts are also noticeably absent in the top food related searches which, in contrast to previous years, include only savoury dishes and ingredients. 2018’s menu includes hearty classics such as corned beef and chicken curry  – along with vegetarian ingredients including eggplant, tofu, beetroot, and couscous.

Techy topics

Bitcoin remained a subject of great intrigue for Aussies, landing in three lists – including overall, "How to…?" and "What is…?" searches. We also wrapped our head around blockchain, questioned our social media activity – and wondered why our internet connection is so slow.

To dive into the data, check out Australia's full trending* lists for 2018:

Overall

  1. World Cup
  2. Commonwealth Games
  3. Meghan Markle
  4. Avicii
  5. Coinspot
  6. Anthony Bourdain
  7. US Open Tennis
  8. Mac Miller
  9. Bitcoin price
  10. Black Panther

News events
  1. Royal Wedding
  2. Thai cave rescue
  3. Wentworth by-election
  4. My health record
  5. Beaumont children
  6. Hawaii volcano
  7. California fires
  8. Listeria
  9. US midterm elections
  10. Blood moon
Global figures
  1. Meghan Markle
  2. Demi Lovato
  3. Freddie Mercury
  4. Khloe Kardashian
  5. Logan Paul
  6. Tristan Thompson
  7. Hailey Baldwin
  8. Sylvester Stallone
  9. Khabib
  10. Travis Scott
Aussies
  1. Barnaby Joyce
  2. Scott Morrison
  3. Peter Dutton
  4. Billy Slater
  5. Craig McLachlan
  6. Vikki Campion
  7. David Warner
  8. Chopper Read
  9. Nick Cummins
  10. Andrew Gaff
Loss
  1. Avicii
  2. Anthony Bourdain
  3. Mac Miller
  4. xxxtentacion
  5. Stan Lee
  6. Kate Spade
  7. Aretha Franklin
  8. Burt Reynolds
  9. Jessica Falkholt
  10. Eurydice Dixon
How to...?
  1. How to opt out of my health record
  2. How to watch World Cup in Australia
  3. How to win Powerball
  4. How to delete Instagram
  5. Google Arts and Culture face match how to
  6. How to buy bitcoin
  7. How to lose weight fast
  8. How to screenshot on iPhone X
  9. How to delete Facebook
  10. How to lose belly fat
What is…?
  1. What is bitcoin
  2. What is listeria
  3. What is ligma
  4. What is hazing
  5. What is a mud room
  6. What is the capital of California
  7. What is open on Good Friday
  8. What is Diwali
  9. What is blockchain
  10. What is ball tampering
Why is…?
  1. Why is State of Origin on Sunday
  2. Why is it called Good Friday
  3. Why is Russia OAR
  4. Why is Australia Day Jan 26
  5. Why is Tim Cahill not playing tonight
  6. Why is ANZAC Day important
  7. Why is Australia Day celebrated
  8. Why is my internet so slow
  9. Why is Nick Cummins called the honey badger
  10. Why is my poop green
Recipes
  1. Keto recipes
  2. Beef stroganoff recipes
  3. Chicken curry recipes
  4. Frittata recipes
  5. Gnocchi recipes
  6. Risotto recipes
  7. Chicken soup recipes
  8. Fried rice recipes
  9. Omelette recipes
  10. Beef stew recipes
How to cook…?
  1. How to cook corned beef
  2. How to cook eggplant
  3. How to cook tofu
  4. How to cook silverside
  5. How to cook beetroot
  6. How to cook rice in the microwave
  7. How to cook corn
  8. How to cook couscous
  9. How to cook crayfish
  10. How to cook barramundi
* Trending Searches: What was hot in 2018? The "trending" queries are the searches that had the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2018 as compared to 2017.


Posted by Camilla Ibrahim, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Google Australia and New Zealand

Year in Search 2018: Here’s what Aussies searched for this year

From Barnaby to the Badgelor, ball tampering to the blood moon – our searches were a kaleidoscope of curiosities.

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to look back and take stock of the moments that had Aussies searching for answers, wondering about the world – and scratching their heads. It was the year we tuned into the royal wedding, looked up listeria and gazed up at the beaming, blood moon. We jumped on the keto bandwagon, celebrated our Commonwealth Games and fell in love with Freddie Mercury all over again. From the Wentworth by-election to the US midterm elections, the Hawaiian volcanoes to the Thai cave rescue, our Searches went far and wide. We grappled topical questions about our health records, and pondered perennial ones... like how to win the lotto.
To rediscover the events, people and topics that defined 2017 around the world, watch our global Year in Search video.


Here's a summary of five themes that defined Search in Australia in 2018:

Happy and sad endings

This year we were mesmerised by Meghan Markle as she made her royal entrance down the aisle. The Duchess of Sussex topped the list of global figures, while “Royal wedding” landed the top spot in the list of news events. We watched the Thai cave rescue unfold, and celebrated when the boys were returned to safety. However, 2018 was not all fairytale endings, as we mourned and said goodbye to Avicii, Anthony Bourdain, Aretha Franklin, Jessica Falkholt and Eurydice Dixon.


Sports scores and scandals

Aussies were watching, cheering and tracking scores for all kinds of sport this year, including soccer, tennis, rugby, AFL and more.  We were gripped with World Cup fever and celebrated our Commonwealth Games, with both events taking the top two searches overall. We followed David Warner and the ball tampering scandal, searched for State of Origin – and looked for Socceroo Tim Cahill when he was off the field and then left the game.

Health check-ups

Aussies were hungry for health related information this year, spanning nutrition, weight loss, disease and personal data. The top ‘How to…?' search was “How to opt out of my health records” followed by “How to lose weight fast” and “How to lose belly fat.” Aussies also read up on listeria following the outbreaks  – and we wondered about a fictional disease called ligma (made up by a Fortnite streamer).

Keto is king

It seems Aussies were ready to throw out the sweet stuff this year as "Keto recipes” topped the list of recipe searches. Desserts are also noticeably absent in the top food related searches which, in contrast to previous years, include only savoury dishes and ingredients. 2018’s menu includes hearty classics such as corned beef and chicken curry  – along with vegetarian ingredients including eggplant, tofu, beetroot, and couscous.

Techy topics

Bitcoin remained a subject of great intrigue for Aussies, landing in three lists – including overall, "How to…?" and "What is…?" searches. We also wrapped our head around blockchain, questioned our social media activity – and wondered why our internet connection is so slow.

To dive into the data, check out Australia's full trending* lists for 2018:

Overall

  1. World Cup
  2. Commonwealth Games
  3. Meghan Markle
  4. Avicii
  5. Coinspot
  6. Anthony Bourdain
  7. US Open Tennis
  8. Mac Miller
  9. Bitcoin price
  10. Black Panther

News events
  1. Royal Wedding
  2. Thai cave rescue
  3. Wentworth by-election
  4. My health record
  5. Beaumont children
  6. Hawaii volcano
  7. California fires
  8. Listeria
  9. US midterm elections
  10. Blood moon
Global figures
  1. Meghan Markle
  2. Demi Lovato
  3. Freddie Mercury
  4. Khloe Kardashian
  5. Logan Paul
  6. Tristan Thompson
  7. Hailey Baldwin
  8. Sylvester Stallone
  9. Khabib
  10. Travis Scott
Aussies
  1. Barnaby Joyce
  2. Scott Morrison
  3. Peter Dutton
  4. Billy Slater
  5. Craig McLachlan
  6. Vikki Campion
  7. David Warner
  8. Chopper Read
  9. Nick Cummins
  10. Andrew Gaff
Loss
  1. Avicii
  2. Anthony Bourdain
  3. Mac Miller
  4. xxxtentacion
  5. Stan Lee
  6. Kate Spade
  7. Aretha Franklin
  8. Burt Reynolds
  9. Jessica Falkholt
  10. Eurydice Dixon
How to...?
  1. How to opt out of my health record
  2. How to watch World Cup in Australia
  3. How to win Powerball
  4. How to delete Instagram
  5. Google Arts and Culture face match how to
  6. How to buy bitcoin
  7. How to lose weight fast
  8. How to screenshot on iPhone X
  9. How to delete Facebook
  10. How to lose belly fat
What is…?
  1. What is bitcoin
  2. What is listeria
  3. What is ligma
  4. What is hazing
  5. What is a mud room
  6. What is the capital of California
  7. What is open on Good Friday
  8. What is Diwali
  9. What is blockchain
  10. What is ball tampering
Why is…?
  1. Why is State of Origin on Sunday
  2. Why is it called Good Friday
  3. Why is Russia OAR
  4. Why is Australia Day Jan 26
  5. Why is Tim Cahill not playing tonight
  6. Why is ANZAC Day important
  7. Why is Australia Day celebrated
  8. Why is my internet so slow
  9. Why is Nick Cummins called the honey badger
  10. Why is my poop green
Recipes
  1. Keto recipes
  2. Beef stroganoff recipes
  3. Chicken curry recipes
  4. Frittata recipes
  5. Gnocchi recipes
  6. Risotto recipes
  7. Chicken soup recipes
  8. Fried rice recipes
  9. Omelette recipes
  10. Beef stew recipes
How to cook…?
  1. How to cook corned beef
  2. How to cook eggplant
  3. How to cook tofu
  4. How to cook silverside
  5. How to cook beetroot
  6. How to cook rice in the microwave
  7. How to cook corn
  8. How to cook couscous
  9. How to cook crayfish
  10. How to cook barramundi
* Trending Searches: What was hot in 2018? The "trending" queries are the searches that had the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2018 as compared to 2017.


Posted by Camilla Ibrahim, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Google Australia and New Zealand

Gearing up for the Christmas rush – Tassie businesses go digital

If you don’t have ready access to reindeer and elves, the internet might just be the next best thing for small businesses looking to reach customers across the world in the lead up to Christmas.

Today, more than 100 business owners and operators from across Tasmania came together to learn new skills and find out more about getting their business online at the Digital Garage, hosted with the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman spoke at the event about the importance of small businesses to the Tasmanian economy and urged businesses to make the most of the digital tools available to them.



The Premier met with local business owner Federation Chocolate (who created Google coloured truffles) at the event.



The training covered practical steps to be found on Google Maps and Search and to help connect with new customers.

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn the skills needed to succeed online, that’s why we launched the Digital Garage to help close the gap in digital skills and help small businesses make the most of the web.

Small businesses from all Australian states and territories have jumped at the chance to learn new digital skills - from Perth to Alice Springs, Brisbane to Adelaide, Hobart to Sydney, regional Victoria and Canberra - it’s been a busy year for the Digital Garage with an even bigger 2019 ahead!

To find out more or to start learning now, head along the Digital Garage

YouTube Rewind 2018 is here! These are the videos that Aussies were glued to this year.

In 2018, you danced your heart out Maroon 5 and 5 Seconds of Summer (maybe it’s something about the number 5?!), yodelled along with a kid in Walmart, and played a lot of Fortnite. It's time for our annual look back at the year that was in video and reflect on the moments that captured the land Down Under.
This year was marked by celebrity moments. In February, Kylie Jenner surprised the world with To Our Daughter, an 11-minute film detailing her pregnancy and the birth of baby Stormi. We were obsessed with William Zabka and Ralph Macchio’s return to the screen with Cobra Kai the most watched trailer in Australia. And of course, there was our fascination with the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan.
Emerging and well-known YouTube stars also showed up in a big way in the year's Top Trending Videos list. Liza Koshy and David Dobrik shared the news of their breakup through tears and laughter, we sang along with Paul McCartney in a special Carpool Karaoke, the guys from Dude Perfect somehow perfectly tossed bread into a toaster, and we were determined to solve the internet’s latest mystery -- seriously, is it Yanny or Laurel? - with two explanations making the Top 10. Comedic duo Superwog maintained their reign, once again making the list.
These were the moments that had Australians watching, commenting and sharing in 2018:
Australia’s Top Trending Videos
  1. To Our Daughter 
  2. Walmart yodeling kid 
  3. we broke up 
  4. "ROYAL WEDDING" — A Bad Lip Reading
  5. So Sorry 
  6. Real Life Trick Shots 2 | Dude Perfect 
  7. Do You Hear "Yanny" or "Laurel"? (SOLVED with SCIENCE) 
  8. Highway Patrol 
  9. Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke 
  10. Yanny v Laurel video: which name do you hear? – audio 

Australia's Top Trending Music Videos 
In 2018, we were hooked on the biggest releases of the year with Drake, Ariana and Childish Gambino all making appearances in Australia’s top trending music list.
  1. Maroon 5 - Girls Like You ft. Cardi B 
  2. Drake - God's Plan 
  3. Bruno Mars - Finesse (Remix) [Feat. Cardi B] [Official Video]
  4. Ariana Grande - no tears left to cry 
  5. Childish Gambino - This Is America (Official Video) 
  6. Lil Dicky - Freaky Friday feat. Chris Brown (Official Music Video) 
  7. Dua Lipa - IDGAF (Official Music Video) 
  8. Post Malone - Psycho ft. Ty Dolla $ign 
  9. XXXTENTACION - SAD! 
  10. Rudimental - These Days feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen [Official Video]

Australia’s Top Trending Music Videos from Aussie Artists 
Looking at local acts Aussies are loving, it’s no surprise to see 5SOS and Amy Shark in the top three after their multiple ARIA wins last month. Breakthrough artist Dean Lewis also racked up views with his latest hit Be Alright.
  1. 5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood (Alt Version) 
  2. Iggy Azalea - Kream ft. Tyga 
  3. Amy Shark - I Said Hi (Official Video) 
  4. Dean Lewis - Be Alright (Official Video) 
  5. LSD - Thunderclouds (Official Video) ft. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth 
  6. Troye Sivan - Dance To This ft. Ariana Grande 
  7. Kerser - Wait A Minute 
  8. Conrad Sewell - Healing Hands (Official Music Video) 
  9. Vance Joy - We're Going Home [Official Video] 
  10. Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am  

Top Emerging Australian Creators 
#YouTubeRewind also examined the growth of local channels to unearth the top 10 Emerging Aussie YouTube Creators for 2018 - those that started a channel this year and have seen the largest growth in subscribers. The list shows the diversity of content being created in Australia and the strong communities across family, learning and education, gaming, entertainment and more.
The future of content is looking bright with younger creators Fun with Alicia and the Norris’ landing the number one and four spots respectively. We also tuned into see more from some of our favourite gaming creators as they all came together to live under one Click roof.
  1. Fun With Alicia 
  2. Click 
  3. Gillian Bower Slime 
  4. Norris Nuts Do Stuff 
  5. Zarby 
  6. gosha 
  7. Erin Alysha Barnett 
  8. Crafty Creations 
  9. Shammi Vlogs 
  10. Crypto Global News Team 

It's also time for our annual Rewind mashup video. But rather than trying to sum up 2018's biggest memes, personalities, and hit videos ourselves, we tried something different this time around. We asked some of YouTube's biggest names to tell us what they wanted to see if they controlled Rewind. 
Check out the full video below and head over to our Rewind site to get to know the creators and artists who shaped popular culture in 2018.

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