Free expression is a fundamental human right, last year, Google were able to make some of its products available for download in Iran. And today, the company has announced that Google Earth, Picasa and Chrome are now available for download in Syria.
"As a U.S. company, we remain committed to full compliance with U.S. export controls and sanctions. We remain equally committed to continue exploring how we can help more people around the globe use technology to communicate, find and create information," posted Neil Martin, Export Compliance Programs Manager.
Also, on May 22, in Kansas City, Mayors Bistate Innovation Team (MBIT) released the beta version of "Google Fiber Playbook," full of recommendations on how the citizens and government of Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO can effectively leverage our gigabit network.
Some of these recommendations include:
- "Education: Outfit a handful of classrooms for demonstration projects that fully integrate high-speed fiber technology into daily lessons, equipping our students with the most innovative educational resources.
- Telehealth Pilots: Work with several hospitals and clinics to provide the technology to perform diagnostic services to people at home and at work, potentially increasing the quality of care for some patients while simultaneously reducing ER wait times and hospital readmissions.
- Testbeds for entrepreneurs: Build a technology incubator that invites entrepreneurs to gather in a fiber-rich environment and work together to enhance their current businesses and develop new apps.
- Global Roundtables: Conduct a series of global telepresence roundtables to establish Kansas City as an emerging global leader in the new digital economy and accelerate economic development and innovation.
- Enhance Convention Center technology: Make our convention center one of the most tech-friendly gathering places in the country.
- Develop a robust IT workforce: Work with and train Kansas Citians to become leading IT professionals throughout the US and the world," posted Ray Daniels, Kansas MBIT Co-Chair and Mike Burke, Missouri MBIT Co-Chair.
You can read, the beta Google Fiber Playbook for Kansas City here.