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ITIF issues "update" to landmark report on the cost of PRISM to the US cloud industry

09 Jun 2015 6:57 AM | Michael O'Neil (Administrator)
In August 2013, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) issued a widely-cited report on the impact of the Snowden revelations regarding the NSA's PRISM program on US-based cloud computing suppliers. The report - "How Much Will PRISM Cost the U.S. Cloud Computing Industry?" - pegged total losses at $22-$35 billion over a three year (2013-2016) period. 

Today, ITIF issued a new document, "Beyond the USA Freedom Act: How U.S. Surveillance Still Subverts U.S. Competitiveness." The key talking point around the report is "the economic impact of U.S.surveillance practices will likely far exceed ITIF’s initial $35 billion estimate." How much more is unclear; the analysis does not provide any hard numbers quantifying the increase. However, it's a good report for those who are looking for anecdotal evidence of how PRISM has hurt US suppliers (and helped non-US firms), why US-based companies are investing in international facilities (along the lines of the recent Microsoft announcement of new data centres opening in Toronto and Montreal), and how the chill from PRISM is spreading beyond IT to other sectors of the economy. 

If you haven't followed the discussion, or didn't see today's new release, both reports are worth a review. They are available on the ITIF website: http://www.itif.org/. If you'd prefer not to navigate through the site, here's a link to the new document: http://www2.itif.org/2015-beyond-usa-freedom-act.pdf ...and here's one to the original, which provides the initial cost estimates:http://www2.itif.org/2013-cloud-computing-costs.pdf


  • 19 Jun 2015 6:59 AM | Michael O'Neil (Administrator)
    Randy Milthorpe: Good news for Canada

    Michael O'Neil: It at least opens a door...there's still a lot of education and development needed to walk through it!
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