Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google, and Rachel Maddow, Radio Host on Air America, discuss the role of the Internet and Google in this election at the 2008 DNC.
Rachel Maddow is an American radio personality and political pundit. She is the host of The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America Radio and an MSNBC TV host.
Eric E. Schmidt is executive chairman of Google. Since joining the startup in 2001, Schmidt has helped grow the company to be a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, and advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues. From 2001 to 2011, Schmidt served as Google’s CEO, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside its founder. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation. Schmidt is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the UK. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007.
President of Google, Inc. Eric Schmidt talks about the role the Internet - specifically Google - will play in this election. He describes one initiative Google is taking that he feels is important for this election: they are working on putting information about registering to vote and polling place locations into a more accessible, user-friendly format using Google maps.
Eric Schmidt responds to a question from a journalist in the audience who asks him to address the idea that Google - and Google News in particular - is killing journalism by taking away the revenue stream of hard-working investigative journalists.