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Towards a Policy Framework for Promoting Cloud Computing Adoption in Developing Countries
By Professor Khuong Minh Vu and Kris Hartley


After presenting the benefits of cloud computing, challenges associated with its adoption, and priorities for government intervention, this article goes on to offer salient policy recommendations. Professor Vu and Mr. Hartley conclude with a description of how these policy items can be incorporated into government interventions, and how governments can stimulate growth in cloud computing adoption for firm competitiveness and national economic development.

Daniel Sokol Examines FRAND in India
TAP Staff Blogger


Professor D. Daniel Sokol examines FRAND related antitrust issues within the context of India’s high tech policies. In his paper “FRAND in India,” Professor Sokol and his coauthor Professor Shubha Ghosh explain the nature of FRAND licensing and then provide the Indian economic context of FRAND. They identify that the current mix of Indian institutions may not yet be well suited to address complex issues of antitrust enforcement. The authors conclude their thoughts: “How best to treat FRAND disputes will take time but the hope is that through greater experience and learning by doing, the Indian competition system will set out a set of economically informed principles for sound FRAND enforcement.”

Christopher Millard Asks: Is Privacy the Real Driver of Forced Localization of Cloud Services?
By TAP Staff Blogger

Mistrust has become commonplace in international debates regarding regulation of cloud and other online services, especially in relation to geographical and jurisdictional restrictions on data flows. The temperature of the debate has risen markedly since the Snowden revelations began to emerge, with suggestions that even transfers within established free-flow regions (such as the EU) should be curtailed. Extreme examples of localization initiatives include a proposal for a German-only 'Internetz', and a new Russian law requiring the use of local servers for certain types of processing. “Forced Localization of Cloud Services: Is Privacy the Real Driver?” explores the motivations for such moves and considers whether privacy is the real driver for data localization.

The Dynamics of Economic Growth: Policy Insights from Comparative Analyses in Asia
By Dr. Khuong Minh Vu

In his new book, Professor Khuong Minh Vu uses empirical analyses to provide an in-depth study of the drivers of growth in sixteen Asian economies over the past two decades. Professor Vu shows the root causes that have led many Asian economies to success rely on two central factors: emotion, which is referred to as aspiration, anxiety, and sense of responsibility; and enlightenment, which is associated with the freedom from dogmatism, open-mindedness, and the hunger for learning. It is these two factors that have determined the uniqueness of Asia’s economic growth model.

Contracts for Clouds: Comparison and Analysis of the Terms and Conditions of Cloud Computing Services
By Christopher Millard, Ian Walden, and Simon Bradshaw

In this article, Professors Christopher Millard and Ian Walden, and their co-author Simon Bradshaw, surveyed 31 cloud computing services in the United States and European markets in order to provide an assessment of the terms of contracts between consumers and Cloud services. While many Cloud providers included similar elements in their terms’ contracts relating to liability and service outages; the authors found terms concerning data backup, disclosure to authorities, specific location of data storage, and what happens to data from closed accounts varies greatly.

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