Google’s think tank is transforming into a tech lab called Jigsaw

Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt announced today that Google Ideas, the New York City-based web and policy think tank, is being transformed into a tech incubator named Jigsaw. Schmidt revealed the news in a post on Medium, saying the team will focus on using technology “to tackle the toughest geopolitical challenges, from countering violent extremism to thwarting online censorship to mitigating the threats associated with digital attacks.” Jigsaw will be headed up by Jared Cohen, a former member of the US State Department’s Policy Planning Staff who’s run Google Ideas since its inception in 2010. Cohen will also remain an advisor to Schmidt.

Cohen’s prominent involvement has fostered links between Google and the State…

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