Jan 20

Past Event

Cloud Computing for Business and Society

Event Materials


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Cloud computing – defined as computing delivered as a service over the Internet – has the potential to offer governments, enterprises and individuals greater choice and flexibility while spurring significant efficiency gains, lower IT costs, as well as creating incentives and online platforms for innovation.

On January 20, the Brookings Institution hosted a policy forum that seeks to promote better understanding of this exciting new technology trend. Moderated by Brookings Vice President Darrell West, a panel of experts will examine policy issues that need to be addressed to achieve the benefits of cloud computing, including security, privacy and data management.

Microsoft Corp.’s Brad Smith delivered a keynote address on the role of the government and private sector in developing and promoting cloud computing.

After the program, panelists took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Keynote Speaker

    • Brad Smith

      Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

  • Moderator

  • Featured Panelists

    • Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

      President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

    • Michael Nelson

      Visiting Professor, Georgetown University

      Chairman of the Technology Section, American Association for the Advancement of Science

    • Jonathan Rochelle

      Group Product Manager, Google


January 20, 2010

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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