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Research highlights data localization policy risk

Data localization policies often intend to secure data, encourage economic competitiveness, and protect national values. New research by Emily Wu, published by Harvard University's Belfer Center (Wu, 2021), indicates that these policies can be counterproductive. The research suggests alternative methods could be more effective, including using shared standards and protocols. Find out whether data localization cause more problems than it solves in this short report.

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Innovating securely through privacy by design

Chad Woolf, Amazon Web Services security vice president, talks about safeguarding privacy while still taking advantage of digital modernization opportunities.

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Make security a transformation enabler

Looking at information security as an enabler for change, not a blocker, was the mind shift that contributed to digital transformation in U.K. government. The U.K. modernization of data classification concepts and processes enabled more responsive public services, and cut costs by £1.7bn in one year (2014). Liam Maxwell, the U.K. government's first chief technology officer, and cyber security expert Ben Aung describe the reform of a Cold War era approach to security policy in this film and blog.

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The Promises and Challenges of Quantum

Quantum technologies provide enormous opportunities for scientific and economic advancement but governments are challenged with setting policies for quantum development that encourage innovation while also ensuring public trust. In this podcast, Canadian Global Affairs Institute Vice President, David Perry, explore the topic in the Canadian context with Eric Miller, Nina Bindel, Allison Schwartz, and Randolph Mank. The CGAI has also published The Quantum Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges for Canada.

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Focus on security training

The Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT), part of The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), is working with the AWS Institute to train chief information officers and their deputies from 15 Pacific Island countries about the cloud and security, through an executive security simulation as well as presentations. Amazon Web Services senior security advisor in Asia Pacific and Japan, Andrew Hodges, a presenter and facilitator at the sessions, has also contributed to a paper, Classic Intrusion Analysis Frameworks for AWS Environments: Application and Enhancement.

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Regulatory framework evolves for cloud based financial services

The regulatory environment in Canada provides a strong risk management framework that meets current needs while allowing room for future development. However, since many of the emerging guidelines for digital transformation have not been tested, institutions do not have the certainty they would prefer for future planning. These gaps, if not addressed, will become more evident as the government of Canada continues to advance its digital innovation agenda.

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Emerging economy central banks ahead on digital currency

The Bank for International Settlements estimates that 86% of central banks are experimenting with Central Bank Digital Currencies and 10% are close to implementing them. Financial technology (FinTech) specialists at this recent Global Government Forum and AWS Institute panel discussion noted it is the Bahamas and Cambodia who are the central bank digital currency pioneers.

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Digital currency models explored

Katie-Ann Wilson, head of policy analysis, Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) Digital Monetary Institute; David Mackeith, principal technology advisor, Amazon Web Services; and Craig Borysowich, principal architect, Payments Canada, discuss central bank digital currency (CBDC) implementation models, focusing on the division of labor between the central banks and intermediaries. They also explore the challenges presented by a two-tier model, how central banks can incentivise adoption, and the future of cross-border CBDCs.

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Designs for central bank digital currencies

This AWS report summarizes industry thinking on how central bank digital currencies can be designed, and proposes architectural principles for potential solutions. It is available in
English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

The second part includes a reference architecture for storing and processing data. Read it in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.




Space sustainability and data security explored

Human activity in space offer some of the keys to sustainable life on earth. But space exploration requires attention to control of space debris to ensure safe navigation and equipment operation. These activities rely on safe and efficient data collection and analytics. In this video, Peter Marquez, Amazon Web Services head of space policy, explains how AWS is supporting space sustainability and data security.

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AWS Institute Executive Education

AWS Institute offers a complementary Executive Education program to equip senior public servants and elected officials with the knowledge to lead digital transformation. You will be part of a small cohort learning from global thought leaders and practitioners. The three-module program fosters peer-to-peer learning and support and offers a library of master class lectures.

Contact our team for more information about the AWS Institute