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Jigsaw

After rebranding Google Ideas as Jigsaw in 2016, Alphabet’s tech incubator spinoff has become a high-profile creator of geopolitical analysis tools that can do everything from protecting against cyber attacks to detecting fake news. Led by CEO Jared Cohen, Jigsaw has set its sights on solving difficult tech and engineering problems with real-world scope. In February 2017, Jigsaw released its Perspective code to the public, giving developers open access to its interface, which can analyze sentences and filter out toxic language. Perspective is now used by The New York Times. Other projects from Jigsaw include products that defend independent new sites from DDoS attacks and provide open internet access to people who live in countries with repressed internet. Meanwhile, Google-owned YouTube now incorporates Jigsaw-created Redirect Method, which uses machine learning to literally redirect users from extremist propaganda videos to a playlist that “debunks violent extremist recruiting narratives,” according to YouTube’s blog. 

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