Developing public-private partnerships
Even before the war began, governments, companies, civil society groups and countless others have supported the Ukrainian people and their institutions. In the years following the Russian annexation of Crimea, many private companies worked to fill the technological gap that Ukraine found itself in, understanding that, due to its’ location, Ukraine played a unique role in maintaining balance in the region.
Since the start of the war these organizations have increased their efforts ten-fold. Google, for example, donated 50,000 Google Workspace licenses to the Ukrainian government, developed rapid Air Raid Alerts systems for Android phones in the region and supported refugees, businesses and entrepreneurs across the country. Bolton noted that taking a stand like this has massive policy implications and often leaves decision-makers with the policy choices around how to ensure the rights and security of all of their users across the globe.