In 1994 I was working at Apple Computer. We were exploring new online services. This was the time of The Source, Compuserve, America Online and Apple’s own fledgling offering, eWorld. The consumer Internet was just around the corner.

In Boulder, Colorado we had a small research group called the Apple Media Lab. It had been started by a creative engineering rogue named Scott Converse. I would ultimately oversee it. …

Keynote delivered to the 75th Assembly of the Society of Inter-American Press. (SIP-IAPA) on Monday, October 7, 2019 in Miami, Florida.

Good morning. It’s an honor for me to speak here at the Inter American Press Association 75th General Assembly.

SIP has been a relentless guardian for freedom of expression across the continent through the long course of its history, a mission of the highest importance and one Google is deeply committed to as well. Let me start by thanking all of you for the work you do in keeping the free expression legacy alive in these challenging times.

I’ve…

Keynote delivered in Bagnaia, Italy on May 25 at “Growing Between the Lines”, a conference presented by the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori, an intimate gathering of Italian editors and publishers, global media and technology leaders, plus a few hundred accomplished students, the next generation of Italian leadership.

One point seven billion. The world wide web is now comprised of more than 1.7 billion websites. An explosion of expression beyond what we have ever seen, nor could have fully imagined.

In open societies it is the epitome of free expression as recognized by the European Charter. It changed how we communicate, how…

The open Internet is our First Amendment brought to life. It is a democratic ideal. Anyone and everyone can publicly express themselves to the entire world or the world that matters to them. But as we know, belief in the First Amendment means accepting that there will be expression that each and every one of us might find in our own way deeply uncomfortable.

Today we have a cacophony of voices and a fragmentation of audiences. It challenges our incumbent institutions who will want to go back in time to a golden age they remember which may or may not…

Keynote delivered on June 15, 2016 in Berlin at Zeitung Digital, the conference of BDZV, the federation of German newspaper publishers.

I have spent considerable time in Germany over the last several years. Interesting times. Fun times. I’ve made many good friends here even as we sometimes grapple with the challenges and opportunities of the evolving media ecosystem. Sometimes we find ourselves on different sides of an argument. Most often we find ourselves in agreement.

For me this is an endeavor of great personal passion. My long experience in digital media has only enhanced my belief that the future is…

Richard Gingras

Vice President, News, Google

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