Dark Clouds on the Horizon? Computing and Geopolitics

Amelie Druenkler, 31.01.2019

The Internet Economy Foundation in cooperation with the Munich Security Conference will host a Roundtable Discussion debating "Dark Clouds on the Horizon? Computing and Geopolitics" on February 14, 2019.

The rise of “cloud-based” products and services has been one of the megatrends of the digital age. The market is currently maturing and developing into one of the main pillars of today’s private and public infrastructure. If natural market forces run their course like they did in other technology realms such as digital platforms or operating systems, rampant market consolidation could rapidly lead to strategic dependencies. Many governments and militaries begin to follow the lead of private companies by moving to cloud solutions. But unlike the multi-cloud approach taken by business, public entities are often uniting their data structures in single cloud solutions. This standardization, however, presents significant risks, including less market innovation and decreased cyber resiliency.

With this panel discussion, we aim to foster awareness and dialogue around the current state of the global technology landscape. With an emphasis on cloud computing, we will explore the opportunities and threats it presents for the global economy, nations and international organizations. We will debate the merits and risks of a "single-" versus "multi-cloud" approach and discuss how to ensure that this sector continues to enjoy healthy competition and choices for governmental actors.

Wim Coekaerts - Senior Vice President, Development, Oracle
Klaus Fuest - Chief Analyst, Roland Berger
William Schneider - Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute & Member of the Science Board, U.S. Dept. of Defense
Wolfgang Taubert - Head Strategy at Cyber Department, German Federal Ministry of Defense

Clark Parsons - Managing Director, Internet Economy Foundation

Date: February 14, 2019
Start: 6.30 pm
End: 8 pm

Hotel Bayerischer Hof
Promenadenplatz 2-6, 80333 Munich

Please RSVP by February 8, 2019: mail@ie.foundation