Google Funds University in Germany, To Study Impact of Internet on Society

Search engine giant Google is teaming up with top German universities to open a research institute to study the impact of internet on the society.

Google said in a blog post, that it was collaborating with The Humboldt University (HU), the University of the Arts and the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) to open an Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin.

The company will be investing €4.5 million ($6.41 million) for the initial three years, after which the institute will invite other investors. The Institute for Internet and Society will open in October 2011.

“Between now and then, there is much work to be done: contracts have to be finalised, rooms renovated, the research agenda formulated. We have found great institutions and great people as partners, and we think they will produce great results too. We hope to see you in October, and that you’ll follow the work of the Institute closely,” Max Senges, Google Policy for Germany wrote on the blog.

Under the partnership, the universities have agreed to provide a director for the institute. Humboldt University will be represented by Ingolf Pernice including others, Thomas Schildhauer will represent Berline, while Dr. Jeanette Hofmann will represent the WBZ.