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.