If one wished to audit access, assess content or apply role-based access, how would you do it? It is easy to, for example, set up a Sharepoint server for document sharing then learn you have to address a data leakage issue. There are third party products, such as Varonis, to review document content and access to documents on a Sharepoint server. Is there a similar solution if one decides to store their documents "in the cloud?"
I feel that the Google-China conflict is, sadly, an indicator of similar conflicts bound to occur in the future. At the end of the day, access to the Internet’s information empowers enables users them to hold others accountable. Governments should not be able to censor web content, yet regimes such as Vietnam, Iran, and China continue to do so; maintaining a populace that is vulnerable to grotesque abuses of civil and human rights. It is both fortunate and unfortunate that Google is stuck in the middle of conflicting political ideologies; if it did not exist at all (or had pulled out of China when the conflict first arose) the Chinese people would have dramatically less exposure to new ideas then they do thanks to Google’s remaining presence. However, it is unfortunate that a company that so deeply prides itself on an anti “evil” corporate philosophy may have to comprise its core values to remain a part of the Chinese market.
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