Saturday, February 25, 2006

Google Hires A Physician - For Google Medicine?

Spotted by Dean Giustini : "Google Hires A Physician - For Google Medicine? Dr. Larry Brilliant has been hired to lead Google.org, the search giant's philanthropic arm. Larry Brilliant is a physician, epidemiologist and specialist in international health. In the 1970s, he took a lead role in the WHO's campaign against smallpox and worked for the United Nations in eradicating blindness and polio. In 1978, he founded the Seva Foundation, an organization committed to sharing technology and skills with the developing world. The executive and staff at Seva, based in Berkeley, California, are an eclectic mix of social workers, doctors, engineers and new age types working to close the digital divide. Has Dr. B. heard of Google Medicine? Now there's a legacy assignment for him. With about a billion dollars to spend, how about allotting some Google foundation money to improving access to information for developing countries?" Will Google go as far as Bill Gates does in donating for charity as Dean thinks, and make the effort to improve this access? Or is it just wishful thinking from Dean. Do we already have any proof that Google is doing anything for charity or developing countries?
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