Gallagher 2014 (†554)Gallagher, Sean. "Taking Back Privacy in the Post-Snowden Cloud." Ars Technica (28 October 2014).
- cloud computing : It wasn’t until (relatively) cheap general-purpose server virtualization and storage networking came along that what we now call “the cloud” was really possible on a large scale. ¶ The term “cloud” comes from what networking people have referred to as large, opaque networks well before there was an Internet. Very simply, cloud computing is any service that happens somewhere hidden behind the abstraction of an application programming interface in a shared data center owned by someone else providing on-demand and self-service. (†925)
- privacy : In 1999, former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy spoke in front of the US government and infamously said, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.” But in the wake of the Snowden leaks, US companies that sell “cloud computing” services are now losing international customers in droves. At the same time, law enforcement and intelligence agencies are trying to keep what they have left, pushing back on attempts to make the cloud systems Americans use more secure from criminals and foreign governments because those authorities might get locked out too. (†924)