Google is focused on creating economic opportunity and strengthening cybersecurity for all Americans
Google is investing in America
We were founded in America over twenty years ago, and we’re dedicated to being good neighbors in the cities we call home.
Helping America’s economy grow
Digital tools and training can help Americans find economic opportunity. Google is helping millions of US small businesses connect with their customers, and we’ve helped millions of job seekers learn digital skills to grow their careers.
Every day, millions of small businesses are being found on Google. More than a third of small business owners (11 million small businesses) say that without digital tools, they would have had to close all or part of their business during the COVID-19 crisis.
of economic activity
In 2020, Google Search, YouTube, Google Play, and Google advertising products helped provide more than $426 billion of economic activity for 2 million businesses, nonprofits, publishers, creators and developers.
connections with customers
Every month in 2020, Google helped drive over 2 billion direct connections, including phone calls, requests for directions, messages, bookings and reviews for American businesses.
for underrepresented small business owners
Google's commitment of $180M has enabled Opportunity Finance Network to establish the Grow with Google Small Business Fund and OFN's Grant Program, funded by Google.org to assist Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) working with underserved small businesses. To date, over $149M in loans and grants have been disbursed to OFN member CDFIs.
for underrepresented startup founders
In 2020, Google for Startups launched our first Black Founders Fund and in 2021 announced our first Latino Founders Fund, totaling $15M combined. The first Black Founders Fund had a halo effect, helping founders to raise an additional $50M in venture capital.
We’re working to strengthen the US economy for the long haul, training Americans in digital skills and growing our job training efforts to create pathways to high-growth, high-paying jobs for Americans without college degrees.
Americans trained in digital skills
Since launching Grow with Google in 2017, we’ve helped over 7 million Americans get training in digital skills and nearly 170,000 Americans get a new job and increase their income, through a network of more than 8,000 partner organizations, including local libraries, schools, and nonprofits.
jobs created with our platforms
Creators started and grew their businesses on YouTube, creating over 394,000 jobs for Americans in 2020. The Android app ecosystem, including Google Play, supported 1.9 million jobs in 2020 – from software engineers and mobile application developers, to marketing and human resources teams.
Americans trained in Google Cloud Certifications
Google Cloud Certification programs, rated the highest paying IT certification for the last two years, enable workers to advance their careers. To date, we’ve trained 500,000 Americans in our Cloud certifications.
Google Career Certificate scholarships funded
We’re providing 100,000 scholarships for Google Career Certificates, distributed through nonprofits, workforce development boards, and other community organizations. 82% of Certificate graduates report a positive career impact within six months of graduation.
Helping America stay safe
With the rise of cyber attacks endangering valuable data and critical infrastructure, we’re leading the industry to create a safer internet for everyone. By making all of our products secure by default, we keep more users safe than anyone else in the world. To bolster these efforts, we’re investing $10 billion to modernize security infrastructures for domestic companies, organizations, and governments. And since robust cybersecurity depends on having the people to implement it, we’re training Americans for jobs in data privacy and security.
Every day we protect 4 billion devices from risky sites, run security scans on 100 billion installed apps, check the security of 1 billion passwords and block 15 billion spam messages and 100 million phishing attempts. And for another layer of security, we plan to auto-enroll an additional 150 million Google users in 2-step verification by the end of 2021.
to strengthen cybersecurity
Over the next five years, we’re investing an additional $10 billion to strengthen cybersecurity, secure the software supply chain, and enhance open-source security. As part of this investment, we recently formed the Google Cybersecurity Action Team, bringing together the world's premier security experts to advise organizations on deploying effective cyber defense solutions. We’re also pledging, through the Google Career Certificate program, to train 100,000 Americans in fields like IT Support and Data Analytics, learning skills in privacy and security.
to support open-source security
We’ve led the way on developing open-source technologies that help make the whole internet safer. We pledged $100 million to support third-party foundations, like Open Source Security Foundation, that manage open source security priorities and help fix vulnerabilities.
Partnering with the federal government
Google supports the Biden Administration's Cybersecurity Executive Order. One of our security experts is among the President's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology, and Google is actively engaging in the Department of Homeland Security's Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative.
Scaling proven security solutions
Over a decade ago, Google pioneered an approach now known as “Zero Trust”. Zero Trust capabilities mean that there are fewer attack vectors, fewer opportunities to lose data, and more control over the systems users depend on. We support the White House’s efforts to deploy a Zero Trust model across the federal government.