Google hiring policy expert to engage with America’s right wing

This could prove a challenging job, to say the least: Google is seeking a policy expert to “act as Google’s liaison to conservative, libertarian and free market groups.”

It’s not the first time Google has hired someone to engage with the American right wing, but the job posting comes as a sizeable cross section of conservative America sees the tech giant as Public Enemy No. 1.

Here’s the ideal public policy “outreach team” member Google is looking for:  “You can work a room, tell Google’s story in an elevator or from a podium and work with partner organizations on shared projects to advance Google’s public policy goals,” the job posting said.

Here’s what one more or less representative member of the anti-Google right wing thinks of Google: “I NEVER EVER use Criminal google and I mean NEVER!” a reader identifying as “nojack” said in a comment on a story on the hard-right website InfoWars.

InfoWars and high-profile ultraconservative site Breitbart News riled up the right wing during the recent presidential election campaign with a series of stories about Google’s ties to the Barack Obama White House and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

It would be fair to say that Google is not exactly in the good graces of the American far right, whose world view has now been elevated toward the White House with the campaign victory of President-elect Donald Trump.

Top of the list of “preferred qualifications” for the Google public policy outreach job is “experience with difficult political and policy issues.”

Google also wants someone with “direct experience working with conservative groups, advocacy organizations, think tanks and foundations on issue campaigns or public policy advocacy.”

Responsibilities for whoever gets the job include managing Google partnerships with conservative, libertarian and free-market organizations, and with activists.

Google has employed former Republican operatives in the past, and a previous policy specialist in the conservative-engagement role had worked on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, Bloomberg reported.

“Google is likely to voice positions on several key political issues, including data encryption, antitrust, telecom rules and autonomous vehicles. On several of them, Trump’s policies are uncertain,” according to Bloomberg.

 

Photo: A man walks past a building on the Google campus in Mountain View. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

 

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  • Oh, the joy. Now the trolls get their tentacles into HR. And we haven’t even discussed bathrooms yet.

  • Libertarians are not “right wing”. We are extremely liberal when it comes to social issues such as gay rights.

 
 
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