Mobile Personal Clouds with Silver Linings

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Mobile Personal Clouds with Silver Linings

Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
Columbia Business School
June 8, 2012


In the early days of computing, centralized mainframes processed and stored information, and users connected to them via dumb terminals. Then, the rise of personal computers distributed these functions widely. But today, with the proliferation of the Internet and with reliable high-speed connectivity, we are moving back to centralized data, albeit with a global reach. At the same time, wireless communications have reached a point where they make this cloud mobile and personal.

Services like Netflix and Amazon Video have revolutionized the way in which consumers access video content. Home equipment becomes internetworked, and these networks become global, with functionalities migrating upstream. And with ever-smarter mobile devices, these clouds become mobile. They travel with the individual — personal clouds creating personal media spaces, interactive group networks, and personal hardware configurations.

In the financial realm we have been witnessing the emergence of electronic consumer financial transactions through mobile phones and computers. This is already transforming the consumer finance in unbanked countries of the developing world. The combination of smart devices, powerful network connectivity and sophisticated financial transaction providers, coupled with mobility, means that individuals are moving while surrounded by their own financial arrangements, with vendors offering special deals, loyalty discounts, introductory offers, or better interest rates and exchange rates, in real time.

These personal mobile clouds open up a series of question: What effects will there be on the job sector? What effect will this have on privacy and security? How will governments regulate the flow of information over multiple boarders? How do we handle limitless information transferred over limited spectrum? These questions and others will be addressed in the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information's conference on Personal Clouds with Silver Linings.


8:30 a.m. - Event Registration and Check-In

9:00 a.m. - Welcoming Address — Eli Noam, Director, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information

9:15 a.m. - Heads in the Cloud: The Current State of the Personal Cloud

"The Personal Consumer Cloud Today — An Overview"
Frank Gillett — Vice President, Principal Analyst serving CIO PROFESSIONALS, Forrester Research (Webex)

"Building the Cloud — Technology issues present in a Personal Mobile Cloud
Dijiang Huang — Professor, Arizona State University (Webex)

"Personal clouds and ultra high-speed networks"
Verena Weber, Economist/Policy Analyst, ICCP, OECD

"Making the Cloud Mobile — A view from the carriers"
Stefano Nocentini — Telecom Italia

11:00 a.m. - Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. - Protection in the Cloud — Security and Policy Issues raised by a Personal Mobile Cloud

"Cloud Ecosystems: Walled Garden or Public Parks?"
Annabelle Gawer — Imperial College (Webex)
Lorenzo Pupillo — Telecom Italia

"Whose definition of Privacy — Views from Europe and the United States"
Giovanni Buttarelli. European Data Protection Supervisor (Webex)

"Whose definition of Privacy — Views from Europe and the United States"
Bret Cohen, Associate, Hogan Lovells US LLP

"Law and Policy of the Cloud"
Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania (Invited)

"The Economics of Protection"
Andrew Odlyzko, Professor, School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota

"Living in a Post-PC World: How Mobile Clouds are Changing Consumer Electronics"
Greg Harper, CEO, Harpervision

1:30 p.m. - Lunch and Close of Program