[Operators] The Google issue

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Thu Nov 21 20:51:36 UTC 2013


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On 11/21/13 12:26 PM, Matthew Wild wrote:
> With all the talk about the details of the manifesto, one thing we 
> seem to mostly only mention in passing is federation with Google,
> and I'm curious to gauge the opinion of people on this list.
> 
> We are going to affect a lot of users across the network on 4th 
> January as we effectively disable federation with Google. Some
> will inevitably be outraged, as they are unable to speak with their
> friends and family members. Some will herald it as a step forward
> in transitioning people away from servers with poor communication 
> security.
> 
> Technically, as a server developer, it would be possible to
> continue to allow Google domains as an exception (this isn't
> possible with a simple white/blacklist because of Google Apps
> hosted domains). Would this be a positive or negative step to
> take?
> 
> While thinking about users, let's not forget Google. If there is
> any chance of them continuing to federate in any way, pushing them
> away right now may not be our best move.

Matthew, thank you for raising this important issue. I would be
overjoyed if Google decided to continue federation and to do so in a
secure manner. Unfortunately, we do not know their plans or intentions.

I shall give some further thought to the matter and post again soon.

Peter

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Peter Saint-Andre
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