Barcelona, 7 and 8 July 2010 

2010 is to be the year of cloud computing. This is what a great number of analysts and specialists believe as we witness the growing number of applications that are hosted on servers, rather than running on desktop or laptop computers, and accessed via the browser. This growth is aided by the mass adoption of ultra-portable computers and smartphones, and by the rise in teleworking and networking between administrations, companies and citizens.

Having data, text documents, spreadsheets, customer or stock management applications, and the coordination of processes and projects stored on third-party servers; channelling personal and professional communications via a browser, or opening citizen participation for everyone are possibilities that provide new opportunities, but they also bring with them new challenges as to how we understand work, professional relationships or democracy.

These challenges and opportunities represent the focus for the sixth International IDP (Internet, Dret i Política – Internet, Law and Politics) Conference. The conference is to analyse and debate the different legal and political problems raised, or that might be raised, by the mass spread of cloud computing, both at a professional, and personal and citizen level.

The five IDP conferences held to date have consolidated its position as an annual meeting point for researchers, academics and professionals interested in the consequences of using information and communication technologies in the fields of law and politics. Following on from the approach taken in previous years, we would invite you to take part in the academic and professional debate on the latest developments in technology in a range of areas, including personal data protection; privacy; web governance and policies; the right to access public information, or democratic action on the web.

The conference is developed and organised by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) Law and Political Sciences department under the auspices of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) – the institute that brings together the research activity carried out at the UOC which focuses, for the most part, on the study of the effects of technology on people, organisations and society in general.