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Towards a Policy Framework for Promoting Cloud Computing Adoption in Developing Countries
By Professor Khuong Minh Vu and Kris Hartley


After presenting the benefits of cloud computing, challenges associated with its adoption, and priorities for government intervention, this article goes on to offer salient policy recommendations. Professor Vu and Mr. Hartley conclude with a description of how these policy items can be incorporated into government interventions, and how governments can stimulate growth in cloud computing adoption for firm competitiveness and national economic development.

The Hidden Force That Will Drive GDPR Privacy Compliance
By Dan Solove


European Union regulators will start enforcing the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25, 2018. A lot of privacy and security controls must be put into place or adapted to satisfy the new EU standards and rights. Privacy law expert Dan Solove discusses the compliance challenges and explains how the GDPR could have an expanding impact on privacy practices globally.


European Authorities Fine Google for Search Tactics
By Ed Felten


In early July, the European Commission (EC) announced that it is fining Google $2.7 billion for anti-competitive tactics in the company’s iconic search product. Princeton computer science expert Ed Felten explains the EC’s claims. “First, they claim that Google dominates the search engine market in Europe–it’s pretty hard to argue with that. Second, they claim Google designed its dominant search product in ways that unfairly advantage the company’s own Google Shopping product and unfairly disadvantage competing comparison shopping products.”


The Complexities of Clouds of Things
By TAP Staff Blogger


Professors Millard and Walden discuss the issues that arise when cloud computing intersects the Internet of Things (IoT). Their recent work has specifically focused on the fundamental security and liability concerns. As a jumping-off point, they discussed the Nest connected thermostat.


Does the Physical Location of Data Matter?
By TAP Staff Blogger


Professors Millard and Walden discuss the forced localization of cloud computing. This refers to in-country data storage facilities that physically keeps the data stored on servers within a country’s borders, and allows the data to be subject to country-specific regulation.


Collaborating with Computer Scientists
By TAP Staff Blogger


TAP had the pleasure of interviewing professors Millard and Walden recently. They discussed their recent work with the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre, and their research with the complexities of cloud computing and the Internet-of-Things, as well as cloud computing and data sovereignty. In this first of a three-part post, they discuss the value gained when technology lawyers and computer scientists collaborate.


What Will the Future Be Like under the General Data Protection Regulation?
By TAP Guest Blogger


Panelists at the 5th Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley analyzed the role of consent in privacy protection and took a close look at the soon-to-be-approved General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the EU. Professor Paul M. Schwartz began the discussion by highlighting the differences between European and American privacy law.


Daniel Sokol Examines FRAND in India
TAP Staff Blogger


Professor D. Daniel Sokol examines FRAND related antitrust issues within the context of India’s high tech policies. In his paper “FRAND in India,” Professor Sokol and his coauthor Professor Shubha Ghosh explain the nature of FRAND licensing and then provide the Indian economic context of FRAND. They identify that the current mix of Indian institutions may not yet be well suited to address complex issues of antitrust enforcement. The authors conclude their thoughts: “How best to treat FRAND disputes will take time but the hope is that through greater experience and learning by doing, the Indian competition system will set out a set of economically informed principles for sound FRAND enforcement.”


Christopher Millard Asks: Is Privacy the Real Driver of Forced Localization of Cloud Services?
By TAP Staff Blogger


Mistrust has become commonplace in international debates regarding regulation of cloud and other online services, especially in relation to geographical and jurisdictional restrictions on data flows. The temperature of the debate has risen markedly since the Snowden revelations began to emerge, with suggestions that even transfers within established free-flow regions (such as the EU) should be curtailed. Extreme examples of localization initiatives include a proposal for a German-only 'Internetz', and a new Russian law requiring the use of local servers for certain types of processing. “Forced Localization of Cloud Services: Is Privacy the Real Driver?” explores the motivations for such moves and considers whether privacy is the real driver for data localization.


The Dynamics of Economic Growth: Policy Insights from Comparative Analyses in Asia
By Dr. Khuong Minh Vu


In his new book, Professor Khuong Minh Vu uses empirical analyses to provide an in-depth study of the drivers of growth in sixteen Asian economies over the past two decades. Professor Vu shows the root causes that have led many Asian economies to success rely on two central factors: emotion, which is referred to as aspiration, anxiety, and sense of responsibility; and enlightenment, which is associated with the freedom from dogmatism, open-mindedness, and the hunger for learning. It is these two factors that have determined the uniqueness of Asia’s economic growth model.

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