Former Google exec Eric Schmidt: US government needs to lead on tech innovation

Google | February 27, 2020

The federal government needs to "get back in the game" if the US wants to maintain a technology lead over China. That's the message from former Google executive Eric Schmidt in an op-ed published Thursday in The New York Times. Schmidt, who was CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011 and later the executive chairman of parent company Alphabet, said Silicon Valley leaders have put too much faith in the private sector to ensure the US' global leadership in technology. "For the American model to win, the American model must lead," Schmidt wrote, adding that the US is now in a technology race with China that could have "profound ramifications for our economy and defense."

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Hundreds of lawyers and National Probation Service staff protested outside the Ministry of Justice against the UK government's cuts to legal aid and the privatisation of offender rehabilitation services.

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Hundreds of lawyers and National Probation Service staff protested outside the Ministry of Justice against the UK government's cuts to legal aid and the privatisation of offender rehabilitation services.

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