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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.

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The cloud economy ecosystem

Improvements in processing power, storage capabilities and communication transmission speeds have together facilitated the emergence of what has come to be known as cloud computing. This phenomenon is likely to influence, in various ways, both the production and use of services delivered through ICTs over coming years. As with other new technological developments, it is difficult to predict the full implications of cloud computing. While it offers significant potential benefits to those who are able to leverage them, it also raises concerns for users, not least with regard to data protection and privacy. Moreover, the spread of cloud computing may widen the digital divide between those — countries, businesses and individuals — that are and those that are not well placed to benefit from it.

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