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Google Spells Out What's Happening To Its Apps In China

     

engine

12:04 pm on Mar 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Google Spells Out What's Happening To Its Apps In China [googleenterprise.blogspot.com]
In terms of Google's wider business operations, we intend to continue R&D work in China and maintain a sales presence there. Wed like to share some additional information on how this may affect your employees that use Google Apps within mainland China.


First, we very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that China could at any time block access to our services in mainland China.


Second, it is important to know that there are several networking configurations and associated technologies available to help ensure ongoing access to your critical business services such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs. These network configurations, such as a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection, secure shell (SSH) tunneling, or using a proxy server, are already in place by many businesses with worldwide operations who serve their users from various locations. Companies should consult their own technical, legal and policy personnel to find a solution that works best for them.


Finally, we do not host any Google Apps services, or your data, in mainland China. Moreover, Google employees in mainland China do not have access to any Apps systems or customer data.

iThink

2:24 pm on Mar 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Does this mean that people who are using gmail or google apps for email may not be able to access their email while traveling to china at some time in future?

J_RaD

2:33 pm on Mar 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

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it means if you travel to china often, it would probably be a good idea to just get off goog services unless you are savvy enough to do SSH or have a VPN. which is still a hoop you shouldn't have to jump thru.

CritterNYC

2:49 pm on Mar 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

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If you are traveling to China at all, you should have in place VPN or SSH to get around the great firewall regardless of what provider you use for email, file storage and web apps.

Nobias

5:17 pm on Mar 24, 2010 (gmt 0)



It's now clear Google is starting to be sorry for working too close with the US government and their agendas; it won't be financially profitable for them in the long run...

J_RaD

8:46 pm on Mar 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

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oooo big suprise, congress is now praising google and slamming china AND slamming microsoft for following the rules in china.

big suprise there given how close goog is to the gov

Jo555

8:59 am on Mar 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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>It's now clear Google is starting to be sorry for working too close with the US government and their agendas; it won't be
>financially profitable for them in the long run...

No, no sorry at all at the moment. In fact, Google is expecting to work closer with its government. They don't even care working with CIA. What a 'do no evils'. Actually for Google there are no evils and they can do anything , if it's good for them.

Hugene

5:55 pm on Mar 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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First, what is up with all this G and US Gov non-sense: G doesn't work with the US government, that you can be sure of. Just think for a sec: the US gov. (just like the Chinese one) doesn't need anyone to work with them. If they want some info, they just fish it under the radar without anyone ever noticing (except for China which got cough only once with a hand in the jar, fishing info form big corporations this winter)

Second, this is a big problem for G: they need a technical solution that will ensure that their apps will work everywhere in the world. Otherwise the cloud desktop will never pick up. I think the solution needs to be web-based and easy to use. Something similar to a open-proxy, but ran from G for accessing their apps only.
 

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