Google is pushing users to rely more and more on the cloud: They are preparing the infrastructure to launch their Chrome OS, and we have already read news about the new Cr-48 Chrome notebook. Well we can’t deny that cloud-computing has tremendous advantages, but thinking a little bit about it, I have made a list of all obstacles that stand on the way. Google should work hard to remove these obstacles before developing more the cloud:
1- Internet coverage: Not every spot on earth has access to internet. So you can’t have your data everywhere! Covering the whole earth with internet is the first obstacle to defeat.
2- Internet speed: In Europe and US internet speed can reach tens of megabytes per second, while in Africa it is about some kilobytes per second if you are so lucky. And even in developed country, sometimes the speed varies for many reasons (bad weather, technical problems, manifestations etc…) Stabilizing the internet speed against all factors and everywhere should be the second obstacle to defeat.
3- Account recovery: It is so scary the fact that you loose all of your digital life just by loosing your Google account. I asked myself a lot of time why there is no authority that assign internet accounts (facebook, mail, twitter…) with real physical identifiable persons, so if any of your accounts is hacked, you can go with your real ID or SSN to that authority and have your account back, no matter how the hacker hijacked your account.
4- Security and privacy education: Most of internet users can be hacked easily, especially using social engineering methods. This fact is already dangerous with E-mails and facebook accounts. Its danger will be greater with cloud computing, where EVERYTHING and every bit of data will be reachable.
Feel free to add any obstacle I have not mentioned as comment.
© Assaad Mouawad 2010