Look ma, no evil

Google has announced, that due to attacks on it's server from China, it will "...review the feasibility of our business operations in China".

This delighted the Google fanboys, but as can be seen from comments here, reactions are not unanimous. It is important to notice that the attack was not directed solely on Google, and the bold and out spoken announcement by Google may be seen as PR move - trying to avoid the technical issues at the expense of a market which is not significant to Google while erining points with Washington and the public.

One item I found troubling in the Google annoucement was as follows:

We have taken the unusual step of sharing information about these attacks with a broad audience not just because of the security and human rights implications of what we have unearthed, but also because this information goes to the heart of a much bigger global debate about freedom of speech.

Unusual? My hosting service has RSS and Tweeter feeds that will alert me if there are security issues on their data centers. As Nicolas Carr noted: "Over the last few years, the company has assumed the role of the Web’s policeman". It seem now that some of this policing is facing the crowed behind the barrier mumbling "move along, nothing to see".

At least Google finally enabled end-to-end SSL encryption on it email service.

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