Alphabet renames Google Ideas to 'Jigsaw', will focus on world policy

Google's parent company, Alphabet, has renamed its think tank and created a new mission.
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Google's think tank, Google Ideas, is expanding into a technology incubator called Jigsaw, Alphabet's chairman, Eric Schmidt, announced on Tuesday.

Jigsaw's mission is to "tackle the toughest geopolitical challenges, from countering violent extremism to thwarting online censorship to mitigating the threats associated with digital attacks," Schmidt wrote.

Jared Cohen, who has run Google Ideas since 2010, will serve as President of the Alphabet-owned company.

The original goal of Google Ideas was a think tank exploring bringing Internet to more users. Now it's expanding under the Alphabet umbrella, becoming the 10th unit inside of Google's holding company.

"The world is as complex as ever, but we believe that a unique combination of principled research and technology expertise can help put the puzzle together-one piece at a time," Schmidt said.

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