At a different scale, we could decisively move away from Amazon, Google and Microsoft’s control over cloud computing and imagine computing as a basic 21st-century utility. Initiatives such as the European Union’s Open Science Cloud demonstrate one model for providing a publicly funded and operated cloud infrastructure. There’s no reason why governments shouldn’t provide citizens with free access to a public cloud that ensures privacy, security, energy efficiency and equal access for all. Our digital infrastructures should not be left in the hands of profit-seeking monopolies, but instead run democratically for the common good.
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