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Google Docs

What it does: 

Allows you to collaborate on a text-based document using a word-processor style screen.

When to use it: 

When you want to collaborate on editing or creating a text-based document over the web.

When not to use it: 

If you do not have good connectivity.

Where: 

Anywhere you can access google.

Strengths: 

Very easy to use. You can track changes and see changes made by other users. Also easy to switch into offline mode and have documents stored on your local hard-drive.

Suggested use: 

For collaborating on a letter to elected officials.

Owned by: 
Your content: 

You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in content which you submit, post or display on or through, the services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any content which you submit, post or display on or through, the services.

Security concerns: 

Google got the lowest privacy rating of any internet company by Privacy International. (see http://www.privacyinternational.org/issues/internet/interimrankings.pdf) They are ambivalent about privacy. For example, complaints to EU privacy regulators over gmail's indexing and scanning practices were not addressed.