A Position Paper on Data Sovereignty: The Importance of Geolocating Data in the Cloud
Zachary N. J. Peterson, Mark Gondree, and Robert Beverly.
Proceedings of USENIX HotCloud 2011,
Portland, OR, June 2011.

In this paper we define the problem and scope of data sovereignty -- the coupling of stored data authenticity and geographical location in the cloud. Establishing sovereignty is an especially important concern amid le- gal and policy constraints when data and resources are virtualized and widely distributed. We identify the key challenges that need to be solved to achieve an effective and un-cheatable solution as well as propose an initial technique for data sovereignty.

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