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

  • Maartje G. H. NiezenEmail author
  • Wouter M. P. Steijn
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8937)


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.


Cloud computing Accountability Public understanding 



The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no: 317550 The Cloud Accountability Project (A4Cloud).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT)Tilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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