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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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Many campuses have decided to outsource email and other services to “cloud” providers. Berkeley has joined in by migrating student and faculty to bMail, operated by Google. In doing so, it has raised some anxiety about privacy and autonomy in communications. In this post, I outline some advantages of our outsourcing to Google, some disadvantages, and how we might improve upon our IT outsourcing strategy, especially for sensitive or especially valuable materials.
What is the impact of changes in copyright protection on investment in new firms? Research by TNIT member Josh Lerner and colleagues analyzes how contrasting court rulings in Europe and the United States have influenced the extent of venture capitalists’ interest in the cloud computing industries of the two regions.
The new HIPAA-HITECH regulation is here. Officially titled “Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules,” this new regulation modifies HIPAA in accordance with the changes mandated by the HITECH Act of 2009. According to Office for Civil Rights (OCR) director Leon Rodriguez, the rule “marks the most sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules since they were first implemented.”
Learn about international policy challenges for the growing cloud computing industry. Explore cloud research, and read about the latest business news in cloud computing.
On Tuesday, Georgetown’s Law School hosted a Seminar titled “Lawful Access to the Cloud.” The seminar’s panelists grappled with how to find the right balance between civil liberties and legitimate law enforcement needs to access data in the cloud. Peter Swire and Steven Beale provide several highlights from the morning’s panels.
As more and more businesses and governments move towards cloud computing, policymakers, firms, and technologists have become increasingly focused on resolving security issues. Examine these issues and recent efforts to define security guidelines and assure cybersecurity in the cloud.
At a time of interest in costs savings and the effectiveness of government, federal policymakers have urged United States agencies to move towards cloud computing. The controversy over WikiLeaks, serves as a reminder that agencies will need to be mindful of security, as well. This post looks both the public and private sectors as they “move to the cloud” and address the security aspects inherent in this new stage of information processing.
Video and transcripts are now available online from the Brookings Institution policy forum on the economic benefits of cloud computing for governments.
Recap of the March 12, 2010 Emerging Law and Policy Issues in Cloud Computing conference which explored the emerging legal and policy issues raised by the increasing use of cloud computing. This event was hosted by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. Podcasts and slides included.
An overview of the first panel of the Silicon Flatirons conference which examined the Internet's ecosystem.
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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