Information economy report 2013

The cloud economy and developing countries

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The Information Economy Report 2013 contributes a nuanced appraisal of the potential role and value of cloud computing in developing and transition economies. It does so by looking at three main areas: current status of the cloud economy in developing countries, potential impacts and, building on these, elaborates on policy and regulatory approaches to facilitate adoption and use of the cloud and to maximize gains from it. This is the first time a United Nations Secretariat report examines the implications of cloud computing for developing countries.



Implications for developing countries

The level of cloud adoption in most developing countries is still low. Nevertheless, this is an appropriate moment to consider what opportunities and challenges the evolving cloud economy may bring to developing countries. The picture differs between countries as well as between types of cloud service customer. The ability to seize opportunities presented by cloud computing and to avoid the pitfalls associated with it will depend substantially on the level of cloud readiness, particularly in terms of broadband connectivity (chapter II) and appropriate legal and regulatory frameworks (chapter IV).


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