Launching new programs to help Central European startups take flight

Since we opened the doors of  Campus Warsaw in 2015, we’ve worked hard to foster innovation in the startup and developer communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Campus, a place for entrepreneurs to grow and connect, has hosted more than 560 events and 9,000 members have joined the community–in fact, so many people have visited Campus (over 21,000!), that we’ll soon move to a larger building. Even before Campus’s launch, we’ve worked closely with developers in the region. Google Developers Ecosystem team supports hundreds of events each quarter and over 83,000 developers in the region have joined Google Developer Groups.

This week we’re taking another step forward in CEE for even more meaningful support of the growing startup community.

We’re excited to announce three new programs for entrepreneurs in Central and Eastern Europe, including Launchpad Start, Campus Warsaw’s Residency program and Launchpad Accelerator. Each program is tailored to address the biggest challenges surfacing startups from the region at various stages of growth, including finding the product market fit, expanding to new markets and customers, growing revenues, and, most importantly, scaling globally.

CEE Launchpad

Launchpad Start – for early-stage startups

Launchpad Start is a one-week bootcamp for early stage startups focused on critical startup topics: product strategy and business development, user experience and user interface, technology, marketing and presentation skills.

On 24th April, startups will start the first edition of the program at Campus Warsaw, when we will welcome 10 early-stage startups and more than 50 mentors to work with the teams. The program is both cost- and equity-free and is open for all CEE entrepreneurs.

With a goal of teaching first-time entrepreneurs techniques to quickly validate product-market-fit quickly and to build a company for scale, participating startups benefit from intensive 1:1 mentorship sessions with experts as well as group training sessions both to network and to address specific startups needs.  

Interested startups can apply here till 2nd of April.

Campus Residency – for startups in the growth stage

Campus Warsaw’s Residency program is a six month support program for growth-stage startups across Central and Eastern Europe. Participating teams have the opportunity to work from Campus Warsaw’s coworking space where they’ll benefit from both expertise and mentorship from Campus’s network of experts. In addition, Resident startups will be offered tailored education and trainings, and access to our international network of partners.  

The goal of the Residency program is to identify top challenges that startups must overcome to grow exponentially. The Campus Warsaw team will focus on helping selected startup significantly grow their revenue, number of customers, and international opportunities. The program is cost-free and equity-free for startups.

Interested startups from around Central and Eastern Europe should apply using this form until 11th of April. The first residency cohort will begin in June.

Launchpad Accelerator – for late-stage startups

Launchpad Accelerator is a six-month international acceleration program organized by Google Developers for startups with a proven product-market-fit looking for their next million users. Applications for the 2017 session are being accepted now, and for the first time the program is open to entrepreneurs from Europe–and specifically in CEE, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Participating startups will attend a two-week, all-expenses paid boot-camp in San Francisco which includes mentoring from engineers and product managers across more than 20 Google teams as well as access to expert mentors from around the world. The kick-off boot-camp begins 17th July, 2017

Following this session, each team will also receive 50,000 USD in equity-free support, credits for Google products, and guidance from Google experts in their home country throughout the six month period.

Startups can apply using this form through the 24th of April.

With more than one million highly-skilled developers in the CEE region– including Poland, Ukraine, Czechia and Slovakia, which together count more ICT graduates per year than the United States– we know the talent is here, and we want to support them in becoming successful entrepreneurs.

We hope that those programs will help startups from Central and Eastern Europe in reaching new customers from all over the world, resulting in CEE tech brands being recognized globally.

Launching new programs to help Central European startups take flight

Since we opened the doors of  Campus Warsaw in 2015, we’ve worked hard to foster innovation in the startup and developer communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Campus, a place for entrepreneurs to grow and connect, has hosted more than 560 events and 9,000 members have joined the community–in fact, so many people have visited Campus (over 21,000!), that we’ll soon move to a larger building. Even before Campus’s launch, we’ve worked closely with developers in the region. Google Developers Ecosystem team supports hundreds of events each quarter and over 83,000 developers in the region have joined Google Developer Groups.

This week we’re taking another step forward in CEE for even more meaningful support of the growing startup community.

We’re excited to announce three new programs for entrepreneurs in Central and Eastern Europe, including Launchpad Start, Campus Warsaw’s Residency program and Launchpad Accelerator. Each program is tailored to address the biggest challenges surfacing startups from the region at various stages of growth, including finding the product market fit, expanding to new markets and customers, growing revenues, and, most importantly, scaling globally.

CEE Launchpad

Launchpad Start – for early-stage startups

Launchpad Start is a one-week bootcamp for early stage startups focused on critical startup topics: product strategy and business development, user experience and user interface, technology, marketing and presentation skills.

On 24th April, startups will start the first edition of the program at Campus Warsaw, when we will welcome 10 early-stage startups and more than 50 mentors to work with the teams. The program is both cost- and equity-free and is open for all CEE entrepreneurs.

With a goal of teaching first-time entrepreneurs techniques to quickly validate product-market-fit quickly and to build a company for scale, participating startups benefit from intensive 1:1 mentorship sessions with experts as well as group training sessions both to network and to address specific startups needs.  

Interested startups can apply here till 2nd of April.

Campus Residency – for startups in the growth stage

Campus Warsaw’s Residency program is a six month support program for growth-stage startups across Central and Eastern Europe. Participating teams have the opportunity to work from Campus Warsaw’s coworking space where they’ll benefit from both expertise and mentorship from Campus’s network of experts. In addition, Resident startups will be offered tailored education and trainings, and access to our international network of partners.  

The goal of the Residency program is to identify top challenges that startups must overcome to grow exponentially. The Campus Warsaw team will focus on helping selected startup significantly grow their revenue, number of customers, and international opportunities. The program is cost-free and equity-free for startups.

Interested startups from around Central and Eastern Europe should apply using this form until 11th of April. The first residency cohort will begin in June.

Launchpad Accelerator – for late-stage startups

Launchpad Accelerator is a six-month international acceleration program organized by Google Developers for startups with a proven product-market-fit looking for their next million users. Applications for the 2017 session are being accepted now, and for the first time the program is open to entrepreneurs from Europe–and specifically in CEE, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Participating startups will attend a two-week, all-expenses paid boot-camp in San Francisco which includes mentoring from engineers and product managers across more than 20 Google teams as well as access to expert mentors from around the world. The kick-off boot-camp begins 17th July, 2017

Following this session, each team will also receive 50,000 USD in equity-free support, credits for Google products, and guidance from Google experts in their home country throughout the six month period.

Startups can apply using this form through the 24th of April.

With more than one million highly-skilled developers in the CEE region– including Poland, Ukraine, Czechia and Slovakia, which together count more ICT graduates per year than the United States– we know the talent is here, and we want to support them in becoming successful entrepreneurs.

We hope that those programs will help startups from Central and Eastern Europe in reaching new customers from all over the world, resulting in CEE tech brands being recognized globally.

Launching new programs to help Central European startups take flight

Since we opened the doors of  Campus Warsaw in 2015, we’ve worked hard to foster innovation in the startup and developer communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Campus, a place for entrepreneurs to grow and connect, has hosted more than 560 events and 9,000 members have joined the community–in fact, so many people have visited Campus (over 21,000!), that we’ll soon move to a larger building. Even before Campus’s launch, we’ve worked closely with developers in the region. Google Developers Ecosystem team supports hundreds of events each quarter and over 83,000 developers in the region have joined Google Developer Groups.

This week we’re taking another step forward in CEE for even more meaningful support of the growing startup community.

We’re excited to announce three new programs for entrepreneurs in Central and Eastern Europe, including Launchpad Start, Campus Warsaw’s Residency program and Launchpad Accelerator. Each program is tailored to address the biggest challenges surfacing startups from the region at various stages of growth, including finding the product market fit, expanding to new markets and customers, growing revenues, and, most importantly, scaling globally.

CEE Launchpad

Launchpad Start – for early-stage startups

Launchpad Start is a one-week bootcamp for early stage startups focused on critical startup topics: product strategy and business development, user experience and user interface, technology, marketing and presentation skills.

On 24th April, startups will start the first edition of the program at Campus Warsaw, when we will welcome 10 early-stage startups and more than 50 mentors to work with the teams. The program is both cost- and equity-free and is open for all CEE entrepreneurs.

With a goal of teaching first-time entrepreneurs techniques to quickly validate product-market-fit quickly and to build a company for scale, participating startups benefit from intensive 1:1 mentorship sessions with experts as well as group training sessions both to network and to address specific startups needs.  

Interested startups can apply here till 2nd of April.

Campus Residency – for startups in the growth stage

Campus Warsaw’s Residency program is a six month support program for growth-stage startups across Central and Eastern Europe. Participating teams have the opportunity to work from Campus Warsaw’s coworking space where they’ll benefit from both expertise and mentorship from Campus’s network of experts. In addition, Resident startups will be offered tailored education and trainings, and access to our international network of partners.  

The goal of the Residency program is to identify top challenges that startups must overcome to grow exponentially. The Campus Warsaw team will focus on helping selected startup significantly grow their revenue, number of customers, and international opportunities. The program is cost-free and equity-free for startups.

Interested startups from around Central and Eastern Europe should apply using this form until 11th of April. The first residency cohort will begin in June.

Launchpad Accelerator – for late-stage startups

Launchpad Accelerator is a six-month international acceleration program organized by Google Developers for startups with a proven product-market-fit looking for their next million users. Applications for the 2017 session are being accepted now, and for the first time the program is open to entrepreneurs from Europe–and specifically in CEE, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Participating startups will attend a two-week, all-expenses paid boot-camp in San Francisco which includes mentoring from engineers and product managers across more than 20 Google teams as well as access to expert mentors from around the world. The kick-off boot-camp begins 17th July, 2017

Following this session, each team will also receive 50,000 USD in equity-free support, credits for Google products, and guidance from Google experts in their home country throughout the six month period.

Startups can apply using this form through the 24th of April.

With more than one million highly-skilled developers in the CEE region– including Poland, Ukraine, Czechia and Slovakia, which together count more ICT graduates per year than the United States– we know the talent is here, and we want to support them in becoming successful entrepreneurs.

We hope that those programs will help startups from Central and Eastern Europe in reaching new customers from all over the world, resulting in CEE tech brands being recognized globally.

Launching new programs to help Central European startups take flight

Since we opened the doors of  Campus Warsaw in 2015, we’ve worked hard to foster innovation in the startup and developer communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Campus, a place for entrepreneurs to grow and connect, has hosted more than 560 events and 9,000 members have joined the community–in fact, so many people have visited Campus (over 21,000!), that we’ll soon move to a larger building. Even before Campus’s launch, we’ve worked closely with developers in the region. Google Developers Ecosystem team supports hundreds of events each quarter and over 83,000 developers in the region have joined Google Developer Groups.

This week we’re taking another step forward in CEE for even more meaningful support of the growing startup community.

We’re excited to announce three new programs for entrepreneurs in Central and Eastern Europe, including Launchpad Start, Campus Warsaw’s Residency program and Launchpad Accelerator. Each program is tailored to address the biggest challenges surfacing startups from the region at various stages of growth, including finding the product market fit, expanding to new markets and customers, growing revenues, and, most importantly, scaling globally.

CEE Launchpad

Launchpad Start – for early-stage startups

Launchpad Start is a one-week bootcamp for early stage startups focused on critical startup topics: product strategy and business development, user experience and user interface, technology, marketing and presentation skills.

On 24th April, startups will start the first edition of the program at Campus Warsaw, when we will welcome 10 early-stage startups and more than 50 mentors to work with the teams. The program is both cost- and equity-free and is open for all CEE entrepreneurs.

With a goal of teaching first-time entrepreneurs techniques to quickly validate product-market-fit quickly and to build a company for scale, participating startups benefit from intensive 1:1 mentorship sessions with experts as well as group training sessions both to network and to address specific startups needs.  

Interested startups can apply here till 2nd of April.

Campus Residency – for startups in the growth stage

Campus Warsaw’s Residency program is a six month support program for growth-stage startups across Central and Eastern Europe. Participating teams have the opportunity to work from Campus Warsaw’s coworking space where they’ll benefit from both expertise and mentorship from Campus’s network of experts. In addition, Resident startups will be offered tailored education and trainings, and access to our international network of partners.  

The goal of the Residency program is to identify top challenges that startups must overcome to grow exponentially. The Campus Warsaw team will focus on helping selected startup significantly grow their revenue, number of customers, and international opportunities. The program is cost-free and equity-free for startups.

Interested startups from around Central and Eastern Europe should apply using this form until 11th of April. The first residency cohort will begin in June.

Launchpad Accelerator – for late-stage startups

Launchpad Accelerator is a six-month international acceleration program organized by Google Developers for startups with a proven product-market-fit looking for their next million users. Applications for the 2017 session are being accepted now, and for the first time the program is open to entrepreneurs from Europe–and specifically in CEE, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Participating startups will attend a two-week, all-expenses paid boot-camp in San Francisco which includes mentoring from engineers and product managers across more than 20 Google teams as well as access to expert mentors from around the world. The kick-off boot-camp begins 17th July, 2017

Following this session, each team will also receive 50,000 USD in equity-free support, credits for Google products, and guidance from Google experts in their home country throughout the six month period.

Startups can apply using this form through the 24th of April.

With more than one million highly-skilled developers in the CEE region– including Poland, Ukraine, Czechia and Slovakia, which together count more ICT graduates per year than the United States– we know the talent is here, and we want to support them in becoming successful entrepreneurs.

We hope that those programs will help startups from Central and Eastern Europe in reaching new customers from all over the world, resulting in CEE tech brands being recognized globally.

Launching new programs to help Central European startups take flight

Since we opened the doors of  Campus Warsaw in 2015, we’ve worked hard to foster innovation in the startup and developer communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Campus, a place for entrepreneurs to grow and connect, has hosted more than 560 events and 9,000 members have joined the community–in fact, so many people have visited Campus (over 21,000!), that we’ll soon move to a larger building. Even before Campus’s launch, we’ve worked closely with developers in the region. Google Developers Ecosystem team supports hundreds of events each quarter and over 83,000 developers in the region have joined Google Developer Groups.

This week we’re taking another step forward in CEE for even more meaningful support of the growing startup community.

We’re excited to announce three new programs for entrepreneurs in Central and Eastern Europe, including Launchpad Start, Campus Warsaw’s Residency program and Launchpad Accelerator. Each program is tailored to address the biggest challenges surfacing startups from the region at various stages of growth, including finding the product market fit, expanding to new markets and customers, growing revenues, and, most importantly, scaling globally.

CEE Launchpad

Launchpad Start – for early-stage startups

Launchpad Start is a one-week bootcamp for early stage startups focused on critical startup topics: product strategy and business development, user experience and user interface, technology, marketing and presentation skills.

On 24th April, startups will start the first edition of the program at Campus Warsaw, when we will welcome 10 early-stage startups and more than 50 mentors to work with the teams. The program is both cost- and equity-free and is open for all CEE entrepreneurs.

With a goal of teaching first-time entrepreneurs techniques to quickly validate product-market-fit quickly and to build a company for scale, participating startups benefit from intensive 1:1 mentorship sessions with experts as well as group training sessions both to network and to address specific startups needs.  

Interested startups can apply here till 2nd of April.

Campus Residency – for startups in the growth stage

Campus Warsaw’s Residency program is a six month support program for growth-stage startups across Central and Eastern Europe. Participating teams have the opportunity to work from Campus Warsaw’s coworking space where they’ll benefit from both expertise and mentorship from Campus’s network of experts. In addition, Resident startups will be offered tailored education and trainings, and access to our international network of partners.  

The goal of the Residency program is to identify top challenges that startups must overcome to grow exponentially. The Campus Warsaw team will focus on helping selected startup significantly grow their revenue, number of customers, and international opportunities. The program is cost-free and equity-free for startups.

Interested startups from around Central and Eastern Europe should apply using this form until 11th of April. The first residency cohort will begin in June.

Launchpad Accelerator – for late-stage startups

Launchpad Accelerator is a six-month international acceleration program organized by Google Developers for startups with a proven product-market-fit looking for their next million users. Applications for the 2017 session are being accepted now, and for the first time the program is open to entrepreneurs from Europe–and specifically in CEE, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Participating startups will attend a two-week, all-expenses paid boot-camp in San Francisco which includes mentoring from engineers and product managers across more than 20 Google teams as well as access to expert mentors from around the world. The kick-off boot-camp begins 17th July, 2017

Following this session, each team will also receive 50,000 USD in equity-free support, credits for Google products, and guidance from Google experts in their home country throughout the six month period.

Startups can apply using this form through the 24th of April.

With more than one million highly-skilled developers in the CEE region– including Poland, Ukraine, Czechia and Slovakia, which together count more ICT graduates per year than the United States– we know the talent is here, and we want to support them in becoming successful entrepreneurs.

We hope that those programs will help startups from Central and Eastern Europe in reaching new customers from all over the world, resulting in CEE tech brands being recognized globally.

Launching new programs to help Central European startups take flight

Since we opened the doors of  Campus Warsaw in 2015, we’ve worked hard to foster innovation in the startup and developer communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Campus, a place for entrepreneurs to grow and connect, has hosted more than 560 events and 9,000 members have joined the community–in fact, so many people have visited Campus (over 21,000!), that we’ll soon move to a larger building. Even before Campus’s launch, we’ve worked closely with developers in the region. Google Developers Ecosystem team supports hundreds of events each quarter and over 83,000 developers in the region have joined Google Developer Groups.

This week we’re taking another step forward in CEE for even more meaningful support of the growing startup community.

We’re excited to announce three new programs for entrepreneurs in Central and Eastern Europe, including Launchpad Start, Campus Warsaw’s Residency program and Launchpad Accelerator. Each program is tailored to address the biggest challenges surfacing startups from the region at various stages of growth, including finding the product market fit, expanding to new markets and customers, growing revenues, and, most importantly, scaling globally.

CEE Launchpad

Launchpad Start – for early-stage startups

Launchpad Start is a one-week bootcamp for early stage startups focused on critical startup topics: product strategy and business development, user experience and user interface, technology, marketing and presentation skills.

On 24th April, startups will start the first edition of the program at Campus Warsaw, when we will welcome 10 early-stage startups and more than 50 mentors to work with the teams. The program is both cost- and equity-free and is open for all CEE entrepreneurs.

With a goal of teaching first-time entrepreneurs techniques to quickly validate product-market-fit quickly and to build a company for scale, participating startups benefit from intensive 1:1 mentorship sessions with experts as well as group training sessions both to network and to address specific startups needs.  

Interested startups can apply here till 2nd of April.

Campus Residency – for startups in the growth stage

Campus Warsaw’s Residency program is a six month support program for growth-stage startups across Central and Eastern Europe. Participating teams have the opportunity to work from Campus Warsaw’s coworking space where they’ll benefit from both expertise and mentorship from Campus’s network of experts. In addition, Resident startups will be offered tailored education and trainings, and access to our international network of partners.  

The goal of the Residency program is to identify top challenges that startups must overcome to grow exponentially. The Campus Warsaw team will focus on helping selected startup significantly grow their revenue, number of customers, and international opportunities. The program is cost-free and equity-free for startups.

Interested startups from around Central and Eastern Europe should apply using this form until 11th of April. The first residency cohort will begin in June.

Launchpad Accelerator – for late-stage startups

Launchpad Accelerator is a six-month international acceleration program organized by Google Developers for startups with a proven product-market-fit looking for their next million users. Applications for the 2017 session are being accepted now, and for the first time the program is open to entrepreneurs from Europe–and specifically in CEE, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Participating startups will attend a two-week, all-expenses paid boot-camp in San Francisco which includes mentoring from engineers and product managers across more than 20 Google teams as well as access to expert mentors from around the world. The kick-off boot-camp begins 17th July, 2017

Following this session, each team will also receive 50,000 USD in equity-free support, credits for Google products, and guidance from Google experts in their home country throughout the six month period.

Startups can apply using this form through the 24th of April.

With more than one million highly-skilled developers in the CEE region– including Poland, Ukraine, Czechia and Slovakia, which together count more ICT graduates per year than the United States– we know the talent is here, and we want to support them in becoming successful entrepreneurs.

We hope that those programs will help startups from Central and Eastern Europe in reaching new customers from all over the world, resulting in CEE tech brands being recognized globally.

When computers learn to swear: Using machine learning for better online conversations

Imagine trying to have a conversation with your friends about the news you read this morning, but every time you said something, someone shouted in your face, called you a nasty name or accused you of some awful crime. You’d probably leave the conversation. Unfortunately, this happens all too frequently online as people try to discuss ideas on their favorite news sites but instead get bombarded with toxic comments.  

Seventy-two percent of American internet users have witnessed harassment online and nearly half have personally experienced it. Almost a third self-censor what they post online for fear of retribution. According to the same report, online harassment has affected the lives of roughly 140 million people in the U.S., and many more elsewhere.

This problem doesn’t just impact online readers. News organizations want to encourage engagement and discussion around their content, but find that sorting through millions of comments to find those that are trolling or abusive takes a lot of money, labor, and time. As a result, many sites have shut down comments altogether. But they tell us that isn’t the solution they want. We think technology can help.

Today, Google and Jigsaw are launching Perspective, an early-stage technology that uses machine learning to help identify toxic comments. Through an API, publishers—including members of the Digital News Initiative—and platforms can access this technology and use it for their sites.

How it works

Perspective reviews comments and scores them based on how similar they are to comments people said were “toxic” or likely to make someone leave a conversation. To learn how to spot potentially toxic language, Perspective examined hundreds of thousands of comments that had been labeled by human reviewers. Each time Perspective finds new examples of potentially toxic comments, or is provided with corrections from users, it can get better at scoring future comments.

Publishers can choose what they want to do with the information they get from Perspective. For example, a publisher could flag comments for its own moderators to review and decide whether to include them in a conversation. Or a publisher could provide tools to help their community understand the impact of what they are writing—by, for example, letting the commenter see the potential toxicity of their comment as they write it. Publishers could even just allow readers to sort comments by toxicity themselves, making it easier to find great discussions hidden under toxic ones.

Perspective_1.gif

We’ve been testing a version of this technology with The New York Times, where an entire team sifts through and moderates each comment before it’s posted—reviewing an average of 11,000 comments every day. That’s a lot of comments. As a result the Times has comments on only about 10 percent of its articles. We’ve worked together to train models that allows Times moderators to sort through comments more quickly, and we’ll work with them to enable comments on more articles every day.

Where we go from here

Perspective joins the TensorFlow library and the Cloud Machine Learning Platform as one of many new machine learning resources Google has made available to developers. This technology is still developing. But that’s what’s so great about machine learning—even though the models are complex, they’ll improve over time. When Perspective is in the hands of publishers, it will be exposed to more comments and develop a better understanding of what makes certain comments toxic.

While we improve the technology, we’re also working to expand it. Our first model is designed to spot toxic language, but over the next year we’re keen to partner and deliver new models that work in languages other than English as well as models that can identify other perspectives, such as when comments are unsubstantial or off-topic.

In the long run, Perspective is about more than just improving comments. We hope we can help improve conversations online.

When computers learn to swear: Using machine learning for better online conversations

Imagine trying to have a conversation with your friends about the news you read this morning, but every time you said something, someone shouted in your face, called you a nasty name or accused you of some awful crime. You’d probably leave the conversation. Unfortunately, this happens all too frequently online as people try to discuss ideas on their favorite news sites but instead get bombarded with toxic comments.  

Seventy-two percent of American internet users have witnessed harassment online and nearly half have personally experienced it. Almost a third self-censor what they post online for fear of retribution. According to the same report, online harassment has affected the lives of roughly 140 million people in the U.S., and many more elsewhere.

This problem doesn’t just impact online readers. News organizations want to encourage engagement and discussion around their content, but find that sorting through millions of comments to find those that are trolling or abusive takes a lot of money, labor, and time. As a result, many sites have shut down comments altogether. But they tell us that isn’t the solution they want. We think technology can help.

Today, Google and Jigsaw are launching Perspective, an early-stage technology that uses machine learning to help identify toxic comments. Through an API, publishers—including members of the Digital News Initiative—and platforms can access this technology and use it for their sites.

How it works

Perspective reviews comments and scores them based on how similar they are to comments people said were “toxic” or likely to make someone leave a conversation. To learn how to spot potentially toxic language, Perspective examined hundreds of thousands of comments that had been labeled by human reviewers. Each time Perspective finds new examples of potentially toxic comments, or is provided with corrections from users, it can get better at scoring future comments.

Publishers can choose what they want to do with the information they get from Perspective. For example, a publisher could flag comments for its own moderators to review and decide whether to include them in a conversation. Or a publisher could provide tools to help their community understand the impact of what they are writing—by, for example, letting the commenter see the potential toxicity of their comment as they write it. Publishers could even just allow readers to sort comments by toxicity themselves, making it easier to find great discussions hidden under toxic ones.

Perspective_1.gif

We’ve been testing a version of this technology with The New York Times, where an entire team sifts through and moderates each comment before it’s posted—reviewing an average of 11,000 comments every day. That’s a lot of comments. As a result the Times has comments on only about 10 percent of its articles. We’ve worked together to train models that allows Times moderators to sort through comments more quickly, and we’ll work with them to enable comments on more articles every day.

Where we go from here

Perspective joins the TensorFlow library and the Cloud Machine Learning Platform as one of many new machine learning resources Google has made available to developers. This technology is still developing. But that’s what’s so great about machine learning—even though the models are complex, they’ll improve over time. When Perspective is in the hands of publishers, it will be exposed to more comments and develop a better understanding of what makes certain comments toxic.

While we improve the technology, we’re also working to expand it. Our first model is designed to spot toxic language, but over the next year we’re keen to partner and deliver new models that work in languages other than English as well as models that can identify other perspectives, such as when comments are unsubstantial or off-topic.

In the long run, Perspective is about more than just improving comments. We hope we can help improve conversations online.

When computers learn to swear: Using machine learning for better online conversations

Imagine trying to have a conversation with your friends about the news you read this morning, but every time you said something, someone shouted in your face, called you a nasty name or accused you of some awful crime. You’d probably leave the conversation. Unfortunately, this happens all too frequently online as people try to discuss ideas on their favorite news sites but instead get bombarded with toxic comments.  

Seventy-two percent of American internet users have witnessed harassment online and nearly half have personally experienced it. Almost a third self-censor what they post online for fear of retribution. According to the same report, online harassment has affected the lives of roughly 140 million people in the U.S., and many more elsewhere.

This problem doesn’t just impact online readers. News organizations want to encourage engagement and discussion around their content, but find that sorting through millions of comments to find those that are trolling or abusive takes a lot of money, labor, and time. As a result, many sites have shut down comments altogether. But they tell us that isn’t the solution they want. We think technology can help.

Today, Google and Jigsaw are launching Perspective, an early-stage technology that uses machine learning to help identify toxic comments. Through an API, publishers—including members of the Digital News Initiative—and platforms can access this technology and use it for their sites.

How it works

Perspective reviews comments and scores them based on how similar they are to comments people said were “toxic” or likely to make someone leave a conversation. To learn how to spot potentially toxic language, Perspective examined hundreds of thousands of comments that had been labeled by human reviewers. Each time Perspective finds new examples of potentially toxic comments, or is provided with corrections from users, it can get better at scoring future comments.

Publishers can choose what they want to do with the information they get from Perspective. For example, a publisher could flag comments for its own moderators to review and decide whether to include them in a conversation. Or a publisher could provide tools to help their community understand the impact of what they are writing—by, for example, letting the commenter see the potential toxicity of their comment as they write it. Publishers could even just allow readers to sort comments by toxicity themselves, making it easier to find great discussions hidden under toxic ones.

Perspective_1.gif

We’ve been testing a version of this technology with The New York Times, where an entire team sifts through and moderates each comment before it’s posted—reviewing an average of 11,000 comments every day. That’s a lot of comments. As a result the Times has comments on only about 10 percent of its articles. We’ve worked together to train models that allows Times moderators to sort through comments more quickly, and we’ll work with them to enable comments on more articles every day.

Where we go from here

Perspective joins the TensorFlow library and the Cloud Machine Learning Platform as one of many new machine learning resources Google has made available to developers. This technology is still developing. But that’s what’s so great about machine learning—even though the models are complex, they’ll improve over time. When Perspective is in the hands of publishers, it will be exposed to more comments and develop a better understanding of what makes certain comments toxic.

While we improve the technology, we’re also working to expand it. Our first model is designed to spot toxic language, but over the next year we’re keen to partner and deliver new models that work in languages other than English as well as models that can identify other perspectives, such as when comments are unsubstantial or off-topic.

In the long run, Perspective is about more than just improving comments. We hope we can help improve conversations online.

Customize your G Suite experience with App Maker and Recommended apps

G Suite is designed to help you do your best work, whether that’s through real-time collaboration that brings your teams together or machine intelligence that speeds up everyday tasks. But we understand your company has unique needs and workflows that G Suite alone wasn’t built to address. We also know your teams rely on many third-party apps for things like CRM, support, and project management to get their job done. So today, we’re announcing two new ways to customize and extend your experience on the G Suite platform: App Maker, a new low-code developer tool for building custom enterprise applications, and the addition of seven new partners to our “Recommended for G Suite” third-party partner program.

Introducing App Maker, a new way to build powerful apps for your business.

App Maker is a low-code, application development tool that lets you quickly build and deploy custom apps tailored to your organization’s needs. Whether you’re looking for better ways to onboard new team members, staff projects, or approve employee travel requests, App Maker helps you build an app for that in days instead of months.

  • Go from idea to app, fast: App Maker makes it easy for IT or even citizen developers (including analysts and system administrators) to quickly iterate from a prototype all the way to deployed app. It offers a powerful cloud-based IDE that features built-in templates, a drag-and-drop UI, and point-and-click data modeling to accelerate your app development efforts. App Maker also embraces open, and popular standards like HTML, CSS, Javascript and Google’s material design visual framework, so developers can build apps quickly, in a development environment that leverages their existing skills and knowledge. 

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  • Build integrated, tailor-made solutions for every need: App Maker lets you build a range of applications customized to meet the needs of your organization and connects to a wide range of data sources and APIs. This unique flexibility starts with built-in support for G Suite products as well as popular services such as Maps, Contacts, Groups and more. You can also leverage other Google Cloud services such as the Directory API and Prediction API, or third-party APIs, to create richer, more intelligent application experiences.
  • Focus on delivery, not infrastructure: App Maker is built on the same secure and trusted infrastructure as G Suite apps like Gmail, Drive and Docs. Developers can safely deploy custom apps in the cloud without worrying about servers, capacity planning, infrastructure security and monitoring that would otherwise require internal support from IT.

Over the past few months, we’ve previewed App Maker with a handful of large G Suite customers and many have already built and deployed applications to their organizations. We’re also working with the following consulting partners to help deliver solutions to our joint customers: Appsbroker, gPartner, G-Workplace, Ignite Synergy, Maven Wave, PwC, SADA Systems, and Tempus Nova.

Here are a few ways that enterprise customers and partners have used App Maker to make everyday business processes simpler and more efficient–whether it’s to track suspicious login activities, take analog claims processes and make them digital, or track office inventory orders.

If you’re interested in trying out App Maker, it’s available today through our Early Adopter Program for G Suite Business customers. Apply for the EAP here.

Announcing new apps for the ‘Recommended for G Suite’ program

While G Suite helps your teams communicate and collaborate more easily, we get that you also rely on third-party apps to manage other aspects of your business including sales, marketing, and operations. We want to make it easy for you to integrate these solutions with G Suite, and that’s why we introduced the Recommended for G Suite program last year. The program selects market leading applications, built by independent software vendors (ISVs), in a range of  categories like project management, customer support, finance and accounting.

Today, we’re adding seven new apps to the program that can help you be more productive. These apps solve critical business problems and offer deep integration and direct support with G Suite. Each app also goes through rigorous security testing and quality measures to qualify for the Recommended for G Suite program.

Our new recommended partners include:

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Since we launched this program with our first eight apps last year, we’ve seen many examples of how our customers have incorporated them with G Suite to drive more value for their business. We’ve created a webinar series to show first-hand examples of this, and you can you can sign up here if you’re interested in attending. In addition, if you’re an ISV that’s interested in becoming a Recommended for G Suite partner, please submit your application here.

Try these new solutions today

We’re committed to helping you get the most out of your G Suite experience by fostering the best ecosystem of cloud applications and partners. App Maker enables you to build powerful apps tailored to your organizational needs, while the Recommended for G Suite program helps your teams select leading apps to grow your business. Both solutions are available today, and we encourage you to try them out.