Japan touted first in ‘cloud readiness’

Kyodo

Japan leads the world in preparedness to support the growth of cloud computing and capitalize on its technological and economic benefits, a global software industry advocacy group said in a report.

The Washington-based Business Software Alliance said in its report issued Wednesday that of the 24 economies it ranked on cloud computing preparedness, Japan came out on top because it has comprehensive privacy protections that do not inhibit commerce, a full range of criminal and intellectual property protections, and robust IT infrastructure.

“Further, Japan is a leader in the development of international standards related to cloud computing, and the country is working to provide all households with high-speed fiber broadband connections in the next three years,” the report said.

Among the top five with the “most robust cloud policies,” Japan is followed by Australia, Germany, the U.S. and France.

Next are Italy, Britain, South Korea, Spain, Singapore, Poland, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Argentina, Russia, Turkey, South Africa, India, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Brazil.

The economies ranked in the report, which together account for about 80 percent of the global info-communications technology market, were assessed on laws and regulations in seven areas: data privacy, security, cybercrime, intellectual property, technology interoperability and legal harmonization, free trade, and IT infrastructure.

The report drew attention to “a sharp divide in cloud readiness between advanced economies and the developing world.”

“Japan, the United States, and EU all have established solid legal and regulatory bases to support the growth of cloud computing, while developing countries, such as China, India, and Brazil, have the most work to do to integrate themselves into the global cloud market.”

China, for example, lacks substantial data protection laws, promotes policies that discriminate against foreign technology firms, and restricts access to online content under a large and complex legal and technical regime that invokes the protection of national security and social order, it said.