November 15, 2011
Google to launch platforms to support Egypt’s upcoming elections
Cairo, Egypt, 15 November 2011 – An announcement made today by Google, the internet search giant said that in line with Google’s mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, the company unveiled its plans to help empower Egyptians with information during the upcoming elections.
To kick off their efforts, the Google Egypt Elections page is launched as a hub for elections information - in cooperation with the Supreme Judicial Committee for Elections - voters will be able to find out their electoral districts, polling stations, and candidate information. As the elections get underway new features will be added to this new page, www.google.com.eg/elections2011, such as news, videos and elections results.
All this is made possible through Google applications such as Google Maps and Google Elections API, which is accessible not only through the Internet but also through an SMS service that will be provided by mobile operators, enabling information access to an even larger segment of voters.
Commenting on this new initiative, Samir El Bahaie, Regional Policy and Government Affairs Manager, Google Middle East and North Africa, said “During election seasons Google’s tool that tracks search volume, Insights for search, consistently shows huge increases in voting related queries. There is no doubt, that Egyptians will be online looking for information about the upcoming elections, and Google wants to make it easy for them to find that information in one simple location.”
In addition, Google is also launching a special YouTube channel collecting hundreds of candidates’ video messages to key relevant issues such as education, economy and health-care. Users can flip through responses by issue, region or political party and easily find their local candidates and their responses. This is part of a broader program that YouTube has in connecting people with political information and is open to all politicians to help them connect with citizens and explain their views.
Updated: November 15, 2011 5:04 PM