In October 2016, Microsoft launched a cloud policy roadmap that seeks to maximize the opportunities and minimize the challenges that cloud computing brings. This roadmap covers fifteen policy areas and provides a comprehensive set of 78 recommendations and considerations grounded in three core principles: We need a trusted cloud; we need a responsible cloud; and we need an inclusive cloud to ensure nobody is left behind.
The roadmap presents our perspectives on policies to harness the social and economic benefits of cloud computing to benefit everyone, not just the fortunate few. It outlines policies to ensure cloud computing is:
- Trusted with policies addressing personal privacy, government access to data, cross-border data flows, and cybercrime prevention.
- Responsible with policies that balance human rights and public safety, prevent technology fraud and online exploitation, promote environmental sustainability, and address Artificial Intelligence.
- Inclusive with policies enabling affordable and ubiquitous access, digital literacy, next generation skills, including people with disabilities, and supporting businesses of every size.