Under: Cloud Computing
Readers of this blog will know that the SIIA and Thomson Reuters-supported Atlantic Council study: Into the Clouds: European SMEs and the Digital Age” was released on October 10 at Aspen Berlin/Germany on October 10. We followed up in Brussels on October 12 with a lively DIGITALEUROPE workshop and a well-attended Transatlantic Policy Network dinner. In addition, I met with German and European Commission officials this week. A few takeaways from these events and meetings follow.
Cloud adoption rates are variable in Europe and surprisingly low in Germany. Low adoption in Germany derives in part from continuing surveillance concerns but is perhaps equally caused by a preference for in-house solutions, even by SMEs. Localization of data in-country remains a preference of many German companies and cloud providers increasingly provide that option to their customers who are evidently willing to pay a premium for that service.
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Yesterday on October 10, 2016 in Berlin, the Aspen Institute/Germany launched “Into the Clouds: European SMEs and the Digital Age.” SIIA and Thomson Reuters supported the report, which was written by the Atlantic Council’s Tyson Barker. In connection with the launch, Aspen hosted a lively lunch discussion bringing together academics, politicians, and industry representatives.
The report finds lower than optimal cloud adoption rates in a number of European countries, most notably in Germany. It recommends six policies in order to increase cloud adoption, especially by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
In a series of white papers released this week, Leviathan Security Group assesses the security of world-spanning cloud storage services, versus storing data in localized datacenters.
SIIA thanks Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Jared Polis (D-CO) for introducing the Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act of 2015 Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to update the antiquated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and protect Americans’ online privacy in today’s networked world.
Some recent articles on technology such as this report from The Economist reawaken the old fear of technological unemployment. SIIA thinks this fear is unfounded. Studies show that technology is a net generator of jobs across the entire economy.