Over the past decade, Google has helped finance hundreds of research papers to defend against regulatory challenges of its market dominance, paying $5,000 to $400,000 for the work.
Google has funded roughly 100 academic papers on public policy matters since 2009, according to a Journal analysis of data compiled by the Campaign for Accountability, an advocacy group that has campaigned against Google and receives funds from Google's rivals, including Oracle Corp. Most mentioned Google's funding
Another 100 or so research papers were written by authors with financing by think tanks or university research centers funded by Google and other tech firms, the data show. Most of the papers didn't disclose the financial support by the companies, the Campaign for Accountability data show.
Google's strategic recruitment of like-minded professors is one of the tech industry's most sophisticated programs, and includes funding of conferences and research by trade groups, think tanks and consulting firms...
Here is a previous Think Tank Watch piece on Google's close ties to the think tank world.