Let's Open Up Cloud Computing

Friday Jan 22nd 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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The Guardian's Charles Leadbeater argues that we need to take control of cloud computing out of the hands of big corporations and governments.

Guardian.co.uk: In an article that might better be called a manifesto, the Guardian's Charles Leadbeater argues that cloud computing should remain open--not controlled by government and corporate interests. He warns of five threats to the open cloud:

  • Homogeneity
  • Corporate control
  • "The rearguard action being fought by industrial-era media companies to prevent clouds forming" (copyright law)
  • Government control
  • Inequality

He concludes, "If we are not vigilant, we will find our culture will belong to corporations and governments, rather than us. That is why we need an Open Cloud Declaration, a set of principles for a global campaign to keep open a large, public, diverse space for clouds in all possible shapes and sizes."

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