The German startup Spectrm will build an artificial intelligence engine to help publishers communicate directly with readers--and distribute content--on a 1:1 basis through instant messaging apps.
For a primer/reminder on how the Fund works and is governed, click here, and for the full list of projects when confirmed, please check the DNI website as we will be updating it. We’ll be opening the application cycle again before the summer and we look forward to receiving even more big ideas in the next round of applications. But as we shared in April at the launch of the Digital News Initiative, a collaboration with European news organisations to support high quality journalism through technology and innovation--product development is as important to the effort as funding is. To continue to demonstrate that, our teams in Mountain View had even more to share with the news industry this week. Beginning today Accelerated Mobile Pages, the open-source code project that enables the loading of mobile news content up to 4x faster than traditional HTML, will begin appearing in Google Search in a dedicated carousel to help users find super fast content even faster. Today publishers and platforms from six European countries are celebrating that update alongside us, as well as significant advancements in the advertising, analytics and paywall features of the product. Additionally, Project Shield, an effort born out of Jigsaw, formerly Google Ideas, will help news sites better protect themselves from DDoS attacks, particularly in parts of the world where accurate information from independent journalists is more important than ever. This project, which has been in beta, will now become a tool available for independent news organizationseven more widely at g.co/shield. As of today, the Digital New Initiative is a collaboration between Google and more than 160 news publishers across Europe. We’re incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made together thus far--and are excited for the continued possibilities down the road.
Ludovic Blecher, Head of Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund