Rushkoff on Google’s China Problem

What no one else really wants to admit, but sort of secretly knows: “Now this would be a big deal—especially for those of us who have already bought into Google’s halcyon promise of a secure, always on, and always accessible “cloud” in which to do our computing. The company’s bid to lure us out of our locally run Microsoft Office suites and off our closed corporate mail servers loses more than a bit of its luster. The cloud is still really just a bunch of servers, owned by someone or something, whose decisions and competence must be trusted. This applies to everything from Google Docs to Gmail: Putting our data out there really means putting it “out there.” For the first time, many of us Google converts feel like the cloud, where Google wants us to organize our personal and professional digital lives, is less secure than that encrypted hard drive under the desk.”

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