Cloud Dominance May Constrict the Internet's Openness

The 'Future of the Internet' survey suggests concerns that cloud dominance by a small number of large firms may constrict the Internet's openness and its capacity to inspire innovation.

By Enterprise Networking Planet Staff | Posted Jun 14, 2010
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New research covering the Future of the Internet from Pew Research Center shows that some respondents have concerns with putting all or most of faith in remotely accessible tools and data. Also noted in the research report was that people expressed concerns that cloud dominance by a small number of large firms may constrict the internet's openness and its capacity to inspire innovation.


"Some respondents observed that putting all or most of faith in remotely accessible tools and data puts a lot of trust in the humans and devices controlling the clouds and exercising gatekeeping functions over access to that data. They expressed concerns that cloud dominance by a small number of large firms may constrict the Internet's openness and its capacity to inspire innovation - that people are giving up some degree of choice and control in exchange for streamlined simplicity.

"A number of people said cloud computing presents difficult security problems and further exposes private information to governments, corporations, thieves, opportunists, and human and machine error.

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