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Google Appoints Halimah DeLaine Prado as New General Counsel

Google just named lawyer, Halimah DeLaine Prado, as its new general counsel , according to Fortune. Prado, a 14-year veteran of the company, previously ran Google’s product legal team. In her new position, Prado will report to Kent Walker, Google’s SVP of global affairs who has played a vital role in guiding the company’s legal and political response to the numerous challenges it currently faces. “Google has been my home for nearly 14 years, allowing me to work on some of the most complex and important legal issues of the digital age with a world-class legal team,” Prado said. Her latest role comes at a critical time for the company as complaints from employees allege that the search giant has failed to take allegations of sexism and racism within the company seriously. Google is also currently fending off antitrust investigations from multiple governments around the world. The Georgetown and Yale law school graduate will become one of few Black women who hold the role of general...

Sep 1, 2020

Google and Alphabet CEO Proposes Global Standards to Regulate the Use of Artificial Intelligence

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet, has recently proposed regulations for the use of artificial intelligence. In 2018, Pichai pledged Google’s promise to use AI responsibly , citing its own internal guidelines for use. Now, as noted by a recent report from Forbes , Pichai is advocating for setting a global standard for AI that could prevent companies and others from using it without restrictions or accountability. Google has long been a proponent of AI, including the use of software for diagnostic purposes in cancer detection and blindness prevention , project facilitation in Google Assistant support, teaching tools, and forecast prediction , among other purposes. Used for good, AI can be a critical resource to promote health, safety, education, and social change . “ It can’t solve every problem, but its potential to improve our lives is profound, ” Pichai wrote in a blog post. However, the misuse of AI is what Pichai finds particularly disturbing,...

Jan 29, 2020

Change in Leadership at Alphabet, Google, May Give Rise to Change in 'Unbalanced' Power Dynamics

Trouble is brewing for one of the top legal executives of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Chief Legal Officer David Drummond is embroiled in investigations connected to possible liaisons with female employees . Drummond is scheduled to exit Alphabet at the end of the month, prompting many to believe that his departure is connected to recent inquiries about misconduct. Drummond began working for Google nearly two decades ago, eventually rising in rank to become its corporate development officer. During that time, Drummond shepherded the company through a host of legal triumphs . However, questions about his behavior with subordinate staff began to sideline some of his professional victories. In the early 2000s, Drummond, who was then married to his first wife, began an affair with Jennifer Blakely, a subordinate on the legal team. The extramarital affair produced a child, causing Google to present its policies of preventing superiors and subordinates from engaging in romantic...

Jan 14, 2020