Where do you see yourself in the dark future when computing resources are consolidated under the iron fist of a small evil cartel? (Just kidding.) If cloud computing explodes, and succeeds where similar attempts have failed, what would your perfect balance between consolidated computing resources and individual privacy protection look like? What's your best vision of cloud computing in the future?
I would like to see both a change in the law so that the Fourth Amendment covers your data on other people's disks and more physical security as well. For example, if your data is not needed when you are not logged on with a session, your data should be encrypted on the other party's disk. When you are logged on, the data would be decrypted on the fly, the keys erased when you log off. This is harder to do, but it's not impossible, and it provides good strong protection -- even the hosting company's corrupt employee can't read your data if you don't log on.
I would also like to see the final step -- let me host my data and processing where I can so it is fully under my legal and technical control.
Are there any articles on protecting privacy in the cloud that you would recommend?
We have a series of articles on privacy efforts at our Web site, including a somewhat old article on the subject. Note that we focus first on free speech. Privacy is important, but not our No. 1 issue. Some other groups, like EPIC and Privacy International have it as their No. 1 issue and have written some good guides.