Cloud Computing is a paradigm in which information is permanently stored in servers on the Internet and cached temporarily in client storage. Texts, videos, e-mails and applications will be stored and operated on the Internet, not in the physical memory of an individual user's computer. Many companies are interested in cloud computing as a potential solution to computer and storage capacity constraints. From a business standpoint, cloud computing is a useful way to extend IT’s capabilities without the necessity to invest in new infrastructure, personnel and licensing.
Nevertheless, cloud computing is a controversial topic, raising several types of issues:
a) Geopolitical issues. If information is power, then States may be unconformable with the storage of massive amounts of information about and belonging to its citizens in the "international" cloud.
b) Juridical issues. As the documents and applications will possibly be stored in a server outside of the legal boundaries of a State, they may subject to a distinct set of norms and jurisdictions. How will these be established?
Does cloud computing represent a breakthrough in terms of technological improvement? What are the real benefits for Internet users? Can privacy and data protection be enforced? Can cloud service providers be held liable and be accountable to users?
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