Cloud Computing Research and Articles

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on January 26, 2010


Cloud computing – defined as computing delivered as a service over the Internet – has the potential to offer governments, enterprises and individuals significant efficiency gains, lower IT costs, as well as create incentives and online platforms for innovation. These web-based technologies move us further away from running software and storing information on our own PCs toward doing everything online –also referred to as in “the cloud” –using any device that has web-connection functionality.

With the recent Brookings Institution policy forum, Cloud Computing for Business and Society and the upcoming conference sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Emerging Law & Policy Issues in Cloud Computing, interest in privacy, cybersecurity, and policy issues around cloud-based services is rising. TAP academics have written on these issues at length.

In "Competition and Privacy in Web 2.0 and the Cloud," Randal Picker looks at how privacy affects competition. John Palfrey examines privacy rights involving data collected by communications firms in his article, "The Public and the Private at the United States Border with Cyberspace." In "Property Rules, Liability Rules, and Immunity: An Application to Cyberspace," Keith Hylton considers our duties and rights in cyberspace. For a broad perspective, Jacques Cremer explores how the Internet affects businesses and consumers in "Public Policy Towards the Internet and Development." And finally, Jonathan Zittrain delivered an opinion piece to the “The New York Times,” Lost in the Cloud in July, 2009. In this piece, Professor Zittrain explores some of the real dangers inherent in cloud computing.