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Advanced Web-based technologies now allow consumers to either keep files and functions on the desktop, or to buy those services from firms running computer servers elsewhere. Researchers featured on TAP explore the implications of these trends for pricing, competition, and security of content and services delivered and housed remotely.

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Professor Christopher Millard, Queen Mary University of London, asks why governments, legislators and regulators are focusing so intensely on the physical location of data. In “Forced Localization of Cloud Services: Is Privacy the Real Driver?,” Professor Millard examines the motivations behind insistence that data stored in cloud services be geographically and legally-secured within a country’s borders.
NYU’s Information Law Institute and Center on Law and Security explore issues related to government access to data in the cloud. This post provides a summary of a roundtable discussion that tackled topics such as warrants vs. subpoenas in the digital context, transborder government access to data stored in the cloud, and the legality of broad government surveillance.
Professor James Grimmelmann, University of Maryland, explains why he wrote an amicus brief (with David Post) arguing that Aereo should win its Supreme Court case. Aereo is a startup that lets users stream or record live broadcast TV content.
The Berkman Center is pleased to announce two new publications on cloud computing. These publications build upon a series of events, workshops, conversations, and research conducted over the last several years with collaborators from government, academia, and the private sector.
In his article for Wired magazine, Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain examines issues of censorship, content altering, and access restrictions that are unique to books in electronic formats.
This is the final post of a four-part series re-publishing a report by the Silicon Flatirons Center on a roundtable they convened earlier this year to discuss the risks of cloud computing and how businesses can manage these risks. What follows is the report’s fourth section on cloud computing regulation and the report’s conclusion.
This is part three of a four-part series re-publishing a report by the Silicon Flatirons Center on a roundtable they convened earlier this year to discuss the risks of cloud computing and how businesses can manage these risks. What follows is the report’s third section that examines how health care and energy sectors can utilize cloud computing.
This is part two of a four-part series re-publishing a report by the Silicon Flatirons Center on a roundtable they convened earlier this year. What follows is the report’s introduction, outline of cloud basics, and discussion of the real risks of cloud computing.
Early this year, the Silicon Flatirons Center convened leaders from the legal, academic, and business community to discuss the risks of cloud computing and how businesses can manage these risks. With permission from the Silicon Flatirons Center, TAP is re-publishing the report from this Cloud Computing roundtable in four parts. This post is the first part, and is from the Executive Summary of the report.
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society launched the Student Privacy Initiative to identify and evaluate privacy issues that may emerge as educational institutions move to “the cloud.” A summary of high level observations from the Initiative’s exploratory workshop follows.
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Cloud Computing

“Cloud computing” describes how computer-related services and software increasingly have been provided over the Internet and other networks since the late 1990s.

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Apple Watch, iPhone 6 Raise Privacy Risks

"It’s a reminder that anything you put in the cloud – even things you think are gone after deleting them – can still be there." — Ryan Calo, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Washington

M. Ryan Calo
U.S. News
September 10, 2014

Featured Article

Lost in the Cloud

This op-ed raises concerns about storing personal files on the Internet.

By: Jonathan Zittrain