FOX in the Fast Lane: Google vs. Kremlin In Russia

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Google parent Alphabet is updating its Russian search engine, with the new improved service that runs on Google’s AI technology.

FOX’s Caitlin McKeown has the details:

Information that’s practically guaranteed.

In 2014, Google received a $17 million grant from the Russian government to create a search engine that could access Russian libraries for materials.

Today, under the leadership of Sergey Brin, the U.S. company has rolled out a new search, with a significant change.

Social media at its core, Russia is struggling to keep users searching for information and social networks. And yet, while the biggest Silicon Valley companies might be tempted to run away from the battle, the way Google operates and how it works, is quite different than much of the rest of the world.

Xavier Bezine, head of the Federal News Agency, says Russia is more worried about giving up too much information:

Bezine: “We don’t want the tech giants to control exactly everything in our country.”

Eventually, Vladimir Putin has proposed a new law that gives companies two years to transfer personal data to Russia, making them think twice before pushing data to servers outside the country.

Russia at its technological levels already leads the rest of the world, but Russia’s technological advances are a double-edged sword:

Bezine: “We must close down some stinking websites. And we’re not allowed to do it, is what I find very frustrating.”

That’s Caitlin McKeown for “FOX News Radio.”

Follow Caitlin McKeown on Twitter: @caitmco

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