Google’s Global Policy Head Said to Join Obama Administration

Google Inc.’s head of global public policy, Andrew McLaughlin, is leaving the company to become deputy chief technology officer for the Obama administration, a person familiar with the matter said.

McLaughlin, who was Google’s first public policy executive, built Google’s presence in Washington, helping promote the Mountain View, California-based company’s position on topics such as online privacy, so-called net neutrality and copyrights.

McLaughlin’s departure highlights the connections between Google, the most popular Internet search engine, and the Obama administration. Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt is part of the president’s council of advisers on science and technology. Schmidt also campaigned for the government’s economic stimulus package, which was passed earlier this year.

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