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The Keyword

The Keyword is Google's official publication for the latest company news, updates and behind-the-scenes storytelling. Our contributors include hundreds of the world’s leading engineers, product managers and internet pioneers who work directly on products and services like Google Search, Ads, Maps, Android, Chrome, Pixel and Play.

The Keyword also regularly features opinions and perspectives from Google’s senior leadership, including CEO Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President and CFO Ruth Porat and President of Global Affairs Kent Walker.

Launched in 2016, the Keyword replaced more than a dozen blogs covering all aspects of Google’s technology, impact and culture. Since then, the Keyword has published thousands of articles and hundreds of opinion pieces covering topics ranging from our work in generative AI to the latest Android update to the winner of our Doodle for Google contest. The Keyword is also the central hub for breaking news and announcements from annual events like Google I/O and Made by Google.

The Keyword is designed to grow and change as Google does, so as we introduce new products and technologies they have a home here. And alongside the biggest news of the day, we’ll also share quick product tips and ideas to make your life easier.

Where you’re from is an important part of who you are, and the name “the Keyword” is a nod to the origins of search. Keywords also unlock information, which is what we hope to do here — provide a central, official source of news about who we are, what we do and what we value. (Plus, we like that it has “word” in it.)

In short: If there’s anything you want to know about what’s happening at Google right now, the Keyword is where you should start.

Noteworthy authors

Googlers from across the company contribute to the Keyword — ranging from engineers and designers to doctors and scientists. Here are a few examples:

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Sundar Pichai

Sundar is the CEO of Alphabet and Google and serves on Alphabet’s Board of Directors. Under his leadership, Google has been focused on developing products and services, powered by the latest advances in AI, that offer help in moments big and small.

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James Manyika

James is a senior vice president at Google. He focuses on technology and society, including areas ranging from AI to the future of work and the digital economy, computing infrastructure, sustainability, and other areas that have the potential for broad impact on society. Prior to Google, he spent over 25 years at McKinsey & Company, including serving on its board, and is now senior partner emeritus and chair emeritus of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI).

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Dr. Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc

“Dr. Karen” leads a team of health professionals at Google who provide guidance for the development of inclusive research, products and services. She has been part of the Google COVID response team and previously served as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Assistant Secretary for Health (Acting) in the Obama Administration. During her time at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. DeSalvo focused on creating a more consumer-oriented, transparent and value-based health system.

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Kent Walker

Kent is the President of Global Affairs at Google and Alphabet, where he works at the intersection of technology, policy and legal issues. He joined Google in 2006, and currently oversees the company’s engagement with governments around the world, content policies, and philanthropic efforts.

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Melonie Parker

As Google's Chief Diversity Officer, Melonie is responsible for advancing Google's employee engagement strategy across Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. She is an advocate for change and a passionate thought leader whose mission is to help make Google more reflective of the world around us.

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Prabhakar Raghavan

Prabhakar is a Senior Vice President at Google. He is responsible for Google Search, Assistant, Geo, Ads, Commerce and Payments products. He is one of the foremost authorities on Search and is the co-author of two widely-used graduate texts on algorithms and on search: Randomized Algorithms and Introduction to Information Retrieval. He has over 20 years of research spanning algorithms, web search and databases, published over 100 papers in various fields, and holds 20 issued patents including several on link analysis for web search.

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Rick Osterloh

Rick Osterloh joined Google in 2016 and is the Senior Vice President of Platforms & Devices.

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Ruth Porat

Ruth is the SVP and CFO of Alphabet and Google. She joined Google in 2015 with responsibility for finance, people operations, real estate and workplace services, and business operations. She focuses on ensuring that Google continues to invest in and support productive, long-term growth.

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Sissie Hsiao

Sissie Hsiao is a Vice President and General Manager, Gemini experiences and Google Assistant. She is an innovator at heart, and her areas of expertise include transforming products and businesses with cutting edge application of technology and machine learning.

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Urs Hölzle

Urs joined Google in 1999 as the first vice president of engineering. Now, he oversee Google’s technical infrastructure, including making that infrastructure available to developers around the world through Google Cloud.

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Vint Cerf, Ph.D.

Vinton G. Cerf, Ph.D., is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.

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