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August 4, 2011 / David Bleeker

Watch out: The feds want to regulate the cloud

On June 16, the Brookings Institution, one of the oldest think tanks in Washington, D.C., hosted a panel on the proposals in the Cloud Computing Act of 2011. According to the institute, “Discussion included an overview of the international policy implications as governments and firms adjust to a coherent legal framework, changes and innovations in public procurement, and challenges for private industry as it balances consumer needs and compliance with these proposed cloud computing safeguards.”

The danger is that the movement toward these types of regulations could happen in a vacuum, ducking most media scrutiny (the government’s attempts to regulate cloud computing have gone woefully underreported) and without input from the truly knowledgeable experts. Industry thought leaders and major providers should be chiming in on this right now because the regulators don’t seem to get it. [read more]

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