March 2010 Cloud Computing

Emerging Law & Policy Issues in Cloud Computing

Event held at the International House

As more and more computing activity shifts to the cloud, individuals and corporations are entrusting their data and its processing to third parties operating in a virtualized computing environment.  New business models have arisen to meet the opportunity presented by cloud computing, but many of the legal issues surrounding activity on the cloud remain unresolved.

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the UC Berkeley School of Information will host a conference on March 12, 2010 to explore the emerging legal and policy issues raised by the increasing use of cloud computing.  Speakers from government, corporations, academia, and law firms will discuss privacy concerns,  regulatory issues, consumer protection, intellectual property questions, and best practices for practitioners.

Panelists include representatives from companies at the forefront of cloud technology such as IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, Sun, and Intuit; legal academics from leading universities including UC Berkeley, the University of Chicago, the University of Ottawa, and the University of Mannheim; government officials from the Federal Trade Commission; and practitioners with extensive experience advising their clients of the benefits and risks of the cloud and negotiating deals for vendors and customers.

7.5 MCLE hours will be available for attendees of the conference.