Cloud computing, to be discussed at the Assembly in workshop 6, will play a major role in tomorrow’s economy, creating new jobs and growth. It has to be ensured that there will be sufficient supply of cloud computing facilities and services so that European companies of all sizes and government institutions can use these to develop innovative services.
The Commission is preparing a European Cloud Computing Strategy considering demand and supply side concerns: the legal framework, the technical and commercial fundamentals and the market. The strategy has been the subject of extensive consultations, both web-based and face-to-face, throughout 2011. This year, 2012, a Cloud Computing Strategy for Europe will be put on the table making Europe not only cloud-friendly but cloud active.
In this group, we will address some key questions that will be discussed at the Assembly and be included in the Mid-Term Review:
- Consumer risks on cloud adoption. How can good policy mitigate them?
- Liability and accountability of cloud service providers. How to improve it?
- What are the most relevant obstacles for Cloud adoption by SMEs?