October 23, 2008

Computers Without Borders

Matthew Hodson

The cloud may be the ultimate form of globalisation: vast virtualised computer systems and electronic services know no borders.

The cloud’s potential political and social effect is only now entering the public debate. IT firms are putting it on the agenda on both sides of the Atlantic. In mid-September, for instance, Google organised a discussion on the subject in Washington, DC. A few days later SAP presented a white paper in Brussels pointing out that policymakers are not aware of the dramatic economic impact of the “Future Internet”, as the paper calls the cloud.

Full story at The Economist

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