[linux-elitists] Google uber alles

Bob Bernstein rs at bernstein.providence.ri.us
Sat Jul 11 21:03:22 PDT 2009


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On Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 02:02:57AM +0000, Jason White wrote:

> I think there are many organizations and individuals who would be
> unwilling to hand over their data and applications to third
> parties, especially large service providers, 

- -- ESPECIALLY GOOGLE --

It's one thing to show Auntie Pearl how to use a gmail account to
see pictures of the grandkids, but it's another thing to (a la
Greg) run all company messaging and documentation through Google.
People don't trust Google. Worried about W's surveillance
datamines? Fahgetaboutit. Worry about Google's. I know fairly
smart people who don't even think Google's "Postini" is secure.
Backdoors. Key escrow. Etc.

Speaking of which, i.e. encrypted email and privacy and all that
jazz, wouldn't it be nice to see FOS entities lead the charge for
making email encryption the rule rather than the exception? Yes,
that would be very nice. I completely fail to understand why
NOTHING OF THE SORT HAS EVEN BEEN FLOATED. 


- -- 
Bob Bernstein   
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