By Joe McKendrick Forbes Contributor
Japan, Australia and the United States take the lead as thecountries with the most cloud-friendly policies and laws, a new study shows. The study, covering the technology environments of 24 nations, finds mixed progress.
The study, released by BSA-The Software Alliance, an industry group, finds that while many of the world’s biggest IT markets have stalled or slid backwards, others are embracing laws and regulations conducive to cloud innovation. The second annual “scorecard” also finds that policy fragmentation persists, as some countries, aiming to promote local cloud markets, adopt laws and regulations that inhibit cross-border data flows or skew international competition.
The BSA ranked nations on the basis of their support for data privacy; security; cybercrime prevention; intellectual property rights; free trade; industry-led standards; information technology readiness; and broadband deployments.
Here are the 10 top-ranked countries in terms of cloud environments:
- United States
- United Kingdom
- South Korea