Weekly output: Google’s relationship with news publishers

This coming week will feature my first conference-speaking gig since February, in the form of a panel I’m moderating (via Zoom) about the security of remote-working systems (such as Zoom) for the Futureproof IT virtual summit.

5/11/2020: Google Searches For What It Can’t Find, Glimmer

I had pitched this tech-culture publication about covering the argument over whether Google (and maybe Facebook too) should pay news publishers for showing snippet-length previews of their content, as any search site would do with any other site it indexes. That’s an issue I’ve been covering since 2012, and this time around I proposed to get the input of some publishers of small news sites instead of the usual industry lobbyists. My editor accepted that pitch almost immediately–then stumbled upon a test of Question Hub, a new feature from Google that invites Web searchers to tell publishers what they looked for but couldn’t find. This made the story even more interesting to write.