Cloud Computing Technology Law and Policy

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The Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre

A collaboration between the Cloud Legal Project and the Cambridge Computer Lab
Cutting-edge research by technology lawyers and computer scientists

The Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre (MCCRC) is a virtual research centre in which technology lawyers and computer scientists collaborate to conduct cutting-edge research on challenges in cloud computing at the intersection of technology and regulation. The MCCRC was launched in April 2014. It is a collaboration between the Cloud Legal Project at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London (CLP) and the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory (CCL). The MCCRC addresses complex and difficult areas of vital importance to governments, businesses, and communities around the globe. The Cloud Legal Project has been conducting pioneering research in the emerging field of cloud computing law since 2009. The Cambridge Computer Laboratory is a world class research centre working in key areas relevant to the development of cloud computing, including distributed systems, networking and security, associated with the Center for Science and Policy (CSaP), that provides the network and mechanisms for high-quality engagement between academics and policy professionals.

OUR TEAM

Christopher Millard

Professor of Privacy and Information Law, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London
Christopher is head of the Cloud Legal Project, a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Senior Counsel to the law firm Bristows.

Jon Crowcroft

Marconi Professor of Communications Systems, Computer Laboratory University of Cambridge
Jon is the Principal Investigator in the Computer Lab for a number of projects, a Fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the IET, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering as well as a Fellow of the IEEE. He was the recipient of the Sigcomm Award in 2009.

Ian Walden

Professor of Information and Communications Law, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London
​Ian is head of the Institute of Computer and Communications Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and Of Counsel at Baker McKenzie.

Jean Bacon

Professor Emerita of Distributed Systems, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Jean is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and the IEEE. In addition, she was founding Editor in Chief of IEEE Distributed Systems Online, DS Online, and is the Director of Studies in Computer Science at Jesus College, Cambridge.

Chris Reed

Professor of Electronic Commerce Law, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London
Chris is responsible for the University of London LLM courses in Information Technology Law, Internet Law, Electronic Banking Law and Telecommunications Law. Chris has published widely on many aspects of computer law.

Jat Singh

EPSRC Research Fellow, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Jat works on issues of security, privacy, transparency, trust, accountability and compliance in emerging technology. He has policy and industrial experience, and some background in law.

Dimitra Kamarinou

Researcher, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London
Dimitra has worked for commercial law firms, intellectual property strategy firms in London and Reading, and human rights organisations, such as The Greek Ombudsman and Amnesty International, International Secretariat, London.

Laure​n Downes​

Researcher, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London
Lauren was previously a Research Associate in the Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute at CCLS. She spent over a decade in various in-house legal and commercial advisory roles representing Operators in the international upstream oil and gas industry. Lauren is a member of the New York Bar.​

Christopher Norval

Research Associate, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Chris is a postdoctoral researcher at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. His research often involves the combination of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) experimental study design with Data Science analysis techniques in order to quantify, understand, and predict complex user behaviours.

Dave Michels​

Researcher, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London
Dave has worked as a Strategy and Policy Associate at Ofcom, the independent UK regulator for the communications markets, and as an Associate Legal Officer for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

Jennifer Cobbe

Research Associate, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Jennifer Cobbe is a researcher in the Computer Laboratory and coordinator of The Trustworthy Technologies Initiative. She holds a PhD in Law and an LLM in Law and Governance from Queen’s University, Belfast (with Distinction), and previously worked as a contracts negotiator and legal adviser.

Eduard Fosch Villaronga

Researcher, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London
Eduard was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Law, Governance and Technology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. He holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate (EMJD) in Law, Science, and Technology and he is also a qualified lawyer in Spain.

Heleen Janssen

Associate Researcher Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Heleen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Computer Laboratory. Her research concerns the impact of emerging technology on fundamental rights while fostering digital innovation, trust and security. Prior to her move to Cambridge University, she worked as a legal counsel for the Dutch government. She obtained her PhD (“Comparative constitutional interpretation”, Maastricht 2003).

Laura Aliaga Martinez

PHD Researcher, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London
Laura is a PhD Researcher with a focus on data protection and a senior qualified Spanish attorney– at–law.

Anwaar Ali

PHD Researcher, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Ali is a PhD Researcher focused on security of networked and distributed systems, integration of laws and policies with technology, computer algorithms and theory of computation.

Vasiliki Koukoulioti

PhD Researcher, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London
Vasiliki is a PhD Researcher. Her research focuses on the tax law implications of the cloud computing technology and the digitalization of the economy, in general. She is a qualified Greek attorney-at-law.

Thomas Pasquier

Lecturer in Computer Science Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol
Thomas is a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Bristol and a member of the Bristol Cyber Security Group. He is also a Vising Scholar at the University of Cambridge, and an Associate at the Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society.

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