Accountability and Security in the Cloud

Volume 8937 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 201-225


Understanding the Cloud: The Social Implications of Cloud Computing and the Need for Accountability

  • Maartje G. H. NiezenAffiliated withTilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT), Tilburg University Email author 
  • , Wouter M. P. SteijnAffiliated withTilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT), Tilburg University

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Five years ago, cloud computing was one of the top emerging new technologies, nowadays it is almost common place. This rapid introduction of cloud business models in our society coincides with critical questions on the cloud’s risks, such as security and privacy. Moreover, there seems to be an increased demand for accountable behaviour in the cloud. This paper explores how society understands the cloud, its related risks and the need for accountability in the cloud. This exploration provides insight in the social implications of cloud and future Internet services and the way cloud and accountability tools will be adopted in society.


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