Addressing Export Control in the Age of Cloud Computing
Source: Brookings Institution
Cloud computing is reshaping the landscape with respect to business, government, university, and consumer information technologies, delivering increased flexibility and improved cost efficiencies for a wide range of services. Along with its many advantages, however, the move to the cloud also creates new mechanisms for the unintentional or intentional export of software and technology subject to export control regulations. Given the importance of export control in protecting American national security and foreign policy interests, it is incumbent on all participants in the cloud computing ecosystem to examine their use of the cloud to ensure compliance with existing export control regulations, and to minimize the opportunities for cloud-based systems to be exploited in violation of those regulations.