This workshop had some interesting discussion. However, it focused primarily on cloud computing from a business and governmental perspective. The presenters spoke on various aspects of cloud computing and what they opined should be considered by those opting to get involved in cloud computing.
There was much discussion about the use of cloud computing by governments not just as a data repository but also to aid in economic development via the creation of data centers which would also serve to protect/ try to ensure the safety of their own data in the cloud. It was also mentioned that although governments tend to be conservative many are outsourcing storage of information.
Among the issues raised were movement of data across different clouds and international remedies available in law. A point raised when discussing the latter was about collaboration rather than changing the existing laws in each country. It was also suggested that regulators harmonise. Reference was made to documents prepared by organisations such as the OECD and APEC.
An interesting question was posed by a Caribbean national who was participating remotely about the benefits (or lack thereof) to developing countries when even the cost of accessing the Internet is high. This would negate the comment made by a presenter about "frictionless" commerce, suggesting that the benefits of cloud computing are almost all positive, especially as it relates to cost effectiveness.
Key points to remember when it comes to cloud computing are that there needs to be transparency and accountability, confidence and trust.