Andreas Paepcke : 2013 InfoLab Workshop


Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Location: Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

"Data in the Cloud: For What and For Whom?"

Andreas Paepcke, Stanford University

Jennifer Granick, Stanford Center for Internet and Society
Brewster Kahle, Internet Archive
Shaukat Shamim, Dezine


Storing and using our data in the cloud is convenient. We can access our notes, email, calendar, documents, and music from any browser. We even receive benefits from algorithms that add value to whatever we put 'up there'. Yet the cloud is not by necessity a neutral, benevolent, cost free entity. The cloud is constructed by companies that require resources, are responsible to shareholders, and are operated by people with interests of their own. The consolidation of personal information on cloud servers also removes access control from the hands of information owners. The cloud shifts that function to corporate entities that may be approached, and may be coerced by government agencies that demand information about cloud users. Individual protections with long traditions around traditional media, like postal mail, and telephone conversations, have not found their equivalents in the digital realm.

Our panel will help us think about these and related issues.


Dr. Andreas Paepcke is a Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University. His interests include user interfaces for small devices, the disabled, and the exploration of Web archives. With a group of students he has designed and implemented WebBase, an experimental storage system for Web contents. Dr. Paepcke received BS and MS degrees in applied mathematics from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Previously, he worked as a researcher at Hewlett-Packard Laboratory, and as a research consultant at Xerox PARC.