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.



Governance law and regulation of cloud services in developing countries

The rapid emergence of cloud computing has inevitably raised concerns about the legal and regulatory implications of such developments. From the regulatory characterization of cloud services to the privacy implications of processing personal data remotely, policymakers, legislators, regulators, service providers and users all have an interest in the governance of cloud services. Governments will want to protect national interests, including the protection of their citizens; service providers require a stable framework to facilitate innovation and investment; users require assurance and trust to encourage the take-up of such services. This chapter examines some legal developments relating to the cloud, identifies emerging regulatory responses, and considers certain issues of particular concern for developing countries.


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