This seminar will concentrate on cloud computing and focus on a ethical point view. We will link to some different articles as a support for this seminar but this does not mean that you should depend only on these articles. You are expected to do some work by yourself by finding other articles, talks and facts that will support you in this assignment


  1. As you probably know cloud computing technologies is part of your day-to-day life. We often value it as what the services bring us and what they could offer us. In this part you should think about other aspects then the technical innovation. Below is a list of different contexts, some discussed in the articles, some not. Try to find facts and summon your own opinion and arguments for both positive and negative aspects of cloud computing in regard to the following from an ethical viewpoint:

    • Environment and sustainability
    • Development countries and fighting poverty
    • Globalization
    • The rise of the artificial intelligence
  2. Cloud computing and the data - One of the biggest challenges of cloud computing is handling the data that is stored and that is created by technologies (metadata). What are the challenges and how could we strive to overcome them? What are the responsibilities? Who is responsible?
    Try to think about this question from three different views:

    • As a cloud provider
    • As a developer of SaaS/web-based software
    • As a private person
  3. Find an article or some kind of case that you think is suitable to this seminar and that could be of interest for your class mates. Be prepared to explain your chosen article/case in the seminar.

  4. Privacy and personal integrity - What do you think when someone tell you "Well I don´t care about digital privacy - I have nothing to hide!" when talking about privacy in the context of cloud computing and social media? Do you agree? Could it a problem to think so or will it easy up like innovation and the development of technology?


The seminar includes three parts and will be examined with Passed (P) and Fail(F).

  1. The first part is the preparation. You will write down your preparations you have done on each questions (with references to articles you used). This must be pushed to your course repository at least the same morning (08:00) on the day of the seminar. It must be in md- or pdf-format. Keep it short but show us that you done your work. If we don´t found any preparation you can´t attend the seminar.
  2. The second part is the seminar, the group discussion - You will be divided into groups and you are expected to be prepared and to be active in the discussions. See your schedule for more information about when this is.
  3. The last part is the after-seminar report. After the seminar you should write down your reflections from the seminar and push these up to your repository. Did you learn something new during the seminar? Did you forgot to say something? Any other reflections? This should be pushed at latest two days after the seminar.

The grades will depend on your performance all this three steps. Have you prepared yourself? Were you active in the seminar? Did you have well reinforced arguments? How were your reflections? We will also take notes how well you perform (+ or -) in this three steps which could affect the final grade in this course.


  • The ethics of cloud computing - A conceptual review
    Even if this article was release as early as 2010 it goes through some aspects on cloud computing that could be of great interest for this seminar.

  • Cloud Computing: Issues & challenges - Next article is a academic one taken from the International Conference of Cloud, Big Data and thrust, 2013. This article will give a more detailed description and definition of the cloud and it services but also discuss the challenges when moving to the cloud.

  • Cloud Computing Security and Privacy Issues - This article take a deeper look at the issues that rises with cloud computing. The article is written by The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) which is a non-profit organization seeking to improve and promote a high standard among informatics professionals.

There are a few interesting talks about cloud computing available through TED Talks and TEDx Talks


If you get the grade F or misses the seminar you will have an other opportunity. This will be at the end of the course.


Please write your questions in the course slack channel

Seminar registration

Campus students

Seminar for campus student will be held in NY110 at 10.15 on the 20th of September.

Distance Students

Seminar will be held online with Slack, remember to install and use the Slack desktop client before the seminar.
Jacob or John will call you via Slack a couple of minutes before the seminar begins.
Below register at the time of your choosing.


In order to register, you must be authenticated as a participant, i.e. you must sign in and be registered on the course.

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