Google Cloud Platform, Google's cloud computing wing, today announced it will join the Hedera Governing Council, the governing arm of the decentralized digital ledger network, Hedera Hashgraph.
The council works out the strategic direction for the network, taking care of stability and reliability. Google will run a Hedera network node, and also make the data available for analytics.
Other companies on the council, which will eventually total 39, include IBM, Tata Communications, FIS Global, Nomura Holdings, Deutsche Telekom, Boeing, and DLA Piper.
To stop Google (or any other member) from going power-mad, the council operates on a one-company-one-vote system, and companies on the governing council change every couple of years.
There's nothing to stop companies within the council from buddying up to edge out rivals, but CEO Mance Harmon told Decrypt in September that it's "far less likely that the council members would collude or form alliances if they're cross-sector, geo-distributed, and distributed across time." Boeing makes planes, and DLA Piper's a law firm.
Of course, since Hedera relies on Google's cloud products, the Council might be inclined to vote in its favor. Don't be evil!