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​          ​​Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre, 1st Annual Symposium                        

      ''A Cloud for Europe? Feasibility and Implications of Internet Regionalisation''  


30 September - 1 October 2014

The Møller Study Centre


Is a Europe – only cloud feasible, realistic or desirable? Could it be achieved by technical means? What would be the implications? These and other issues of vital importance to cloud computing, including security and data protection compliance were the focus of discussion at the 1st MCCRC Annual Symposium.

Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in small groups consisting of a balanced number of technical and legal experts and moderated by a representative from Cambridge or QMUL. Group participants elected their own representatives to report the group's findings back to the Plenary Session. 

To accompany and facilitate the discussions, the MCCRC research team has produced two academic research papers, one on the legal and one on the technical aspects of the feasibility and implications of a 'Europe – only' cloud. Please see below for more details.


Symposium Research Papers 

Legal Aspects:

"Policy, Legal and Regulatory Implications of a Europe - only Cloud"

by W. Kuan Hon , Christopher Millard, Chris Reed, Jatinder Singh, Ian Walden, Jon Crowcroft

 Technical Aspects:

"Regional Clouds: technical considerations"

by Jatinder Singh, Jean Bacon, Jon Crowcroft, Anil Madhavapeddy, Thomas Pasquier, W. Kuan Hon , Christopher Millard


We are also delighted to announce that the Symposium's Keynote and Plenary Session presentations are now also available on our website. Please find them below:


Symposium Presentations

Keynote: European cloud strategy_trusted cloud and public sector_MCCRC Symposium_30_09_2014.pdf

Dr Dirk Van Rooy


Keynote: Policy, Legal and Regulatory Implications of an EU Only Cloud_MCCRC Symposium_30_09_2014.pdf

Professor Christopher Millard and W. Kuan Hon               


Keynote: Regional clouds_technical considerations_MCCRC Symposium_30_09_2014.pdf

Professor Jon Crowcroft and Dr Jatinder Singh


Plenary Session: Cloud panopticon_legal frameworks_and_technical response_MCCRC Symposium_01_10_2014.pdf

Professor Ian Walden and Professor Jon Crowcroft