Fog Computing and the Internet of Things

For those of us outside the hardware and software industries, white papers on Information Technology can be opaque and tedious.  Fog computing is different because it quickly makes sense. Fog computing is like Cloud computing, but it takes place in the things around us, such as in sensors and controls embedded in electrical grids, or […]

Cloud Computing and Internet Security

Cloud computing service providers (CSPs) differ in the capabilities, security and prices they offer. CSPs usually offer software as a service, platform as a service or infrastructure as a service. Most commonly, consumer use of CSPs is as a storage platform where they push digital pictures, music, and documents into “the cloud” and retrieve those […]

Supreme Court to Review Case Involving Privacy of Cloud Data

It’s time for Congress to Act. Three years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) called on Microsoft to turn over the cloud data belonging to a suspected criminal.  On the surface, such a request may seem routine, but the criminal was not a U.S. citizen, did not live in the U.S., and the cloud […]

What Happens in “Cloud Land”

The use of cloud storage and computing service has spread rapidly because it offers flexibility and cost-effectiveness that companies will find difficult to replicate with an owned and operated datacenter.  The challenge of having spare capacity to support nimble innovation and yet control IT costs is a chronic tradeoff for most enterprises.  Cloud services let […]

DOJ Overreach Could Kill the Digital Economy

The health of the digital tech economy is inextricably linked to the health of the U.S. economy. According to a newly released Brookings Institute study, 61% of all U.S. exports were digitally delivered, and international digital trade was responsible for adding 2.4 million jobs. A McKinsey Report estimated that improved use of data could generate […]

Leadership Needed at DOJ

The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a search warrant to Microsoft requiring it to produce the emails of an alleged Irish drug dealer. The emails are stored in Ireland on a Microsoft server. Irish law generally prohibits release of a citizen’s private information without authorization by Ireland – which has not been forthcoming. Microsoft faces […]

The Hill’s Congress Blog: The DOJ’s 2 million Job Mistake

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a search warrant as part of a criminal drug investigation. While that may seem like a typical legal demand, the suspect lives in Ireland, and the email records that that the DOJ seek are being stored at a data center in Ireland belonging to an Irish subsidiary of […]

How DOJ Actions Could Harm U.S. Competitiveness Abroad

The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a search (and seizure) warrant to Microsoft Communications to hand over the private email communications of a suspected drug trafficker. The only problems with the request, however, is that the drug suspect happens to reside in Ireland, the emails being sought are stored on an Internet server located in […]

Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing, a term unknown to most 10 years ago, is quickly transforming the way we do business today. In the past, companies stored most of their digital information on large server farms that were most likely physically present in the businesses office. Thanks to new technology and the wide availability of high-speed broadband access, […]

New Report — “The Information Technology Revolution and the Transformation of the Small Business Economy”

At a Capitol Hill event today, ACI released a collection of essays written by economists and IT policy experts that discusses the link between the information technology sector and the small business economy.  You can download the booklet here.   This work/research was funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (contents of the publication are solely […]