SINGAPORE: Increasingly, Big Tech is throwing more money at improving its relations with politicians and government officials in the US. These include the five American tech giants – Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft – who are spending big money on advocacy and hiring people in front-facing public policy, government relations and public relations roles. PERSONNEL TOUCH Facebook, for example, has brought in Joel Kaplan, former deputy chief of staff to George W Bush, who is now its vice-president of global public policy. Facebook's former general counsel, Ted Ullyot, was also a key aide to Bush. Apple has hired Lisa Jackson, Barack Obama's former Environmental Protection Agency administrator, to be its vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives. Apple also has former US vice president Al Gore on its board of directors. Obama's former press secretary James Carney is senior vice-president of global corporate affairs at Amazon. Microsoft had hired Hillary Clinton's chief strategist for her 2008 presidential campaign, Mark Penn, as its corporate vice-president for strategic and special projects. Google too had its share of former policy-makers on their staff list – Caroline Atkinson, who had served as Obama's deputy national security adviser for international economics, was its head… Read full this story
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