Podcasts on Cloud Computing

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on January 23, 2010


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In 2009, The Berkman Center for Internet & Society presented two podcasts on cloud computing.

"Minds for Sale"

Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, explores the evolving world of cloud computing. Cloud computing is not just for computing anymore: you can now find as much mindshare as you can afford out in the cloud, too. A new range of projects is making the application of human brainpower as purchasable and fungible as additional server rackspace.  A fascinating (and non-scare-mongering) view is offered of a future in which nearly any mental act can be bought and sold.

Download podcast: "Minds for Sale"

"Caught in the Cloud: Privacy, Encryption, and Government Back Doors in the Web 2.0 Era"

Today, the vast majority of Internet users still transmit their own personal information over networks without any form of encryption. The shift to cloud computing exposes end-users to an increased risk of privacy invasion and fraud by hackers. Christopher Soghoian, a fellow at the Berkman Center and a Ph.D. Candidate at Indiana University's School of Informatics, argues that this increased risk is primarily a result of cost-motivated design decisions on the part of the cloud providers, who have repeatedly opted to forgo strong security solutions already in widespread use by other Internet services.

Download podcast: "Caught in the Cloud: Privacy, Encryption, and Government Back Doors in the Web 2.0 Era"

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