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U.S. spying harms cloud computing, Internet freedom: Wikipedia founder

08
Nov
2013

By Nerijus Adomaitis OSLO (Reuters) – The United States alleged large-scale surveillance of global communications networks will badly harm the U.S. cloud computing industry, the founder of Wikipedia said on Thursday. Jimmy Wales, who launched the online encyclopaedia service 12 year ago, said the U.S. eavesdropping, revealed by leaks from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, also poses a threat to Internet freedoms by giving an excuse to oppressive regimes to introduce more censorship. If you are BMW, a car maker in Germany,… you probably are not that comfortable putting your data into the U.S. any more, said the former futures trader who is still a key player at Wikipedia, one of the most popular websites in the world. Cloud computing is an umbrella term for activities ranging from web-based email to business software that is run remotely via the Internet instead of on-site.

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