BSA & Galexia Global Coud Computing Scorecard (2018) - Galexia Analytics Release

2018 Rank 5. Australia - Score: 80.61 | Change from 2016 - Rank: +1

Australia promotes cloud computing through a mix of modern laws, regulations, and standards. For example, Australia has a strong commitment to international cooperation, free trade, and interoperability. Key laws are based on international models, and Australia is an active participant in the development of international standards.

Australia has up-to-date cybercrime laws and ratified the Convention on Cybercrime in 2012. Australia also has comprehensive electronic signature and electronic commerce laws. Australia’s data protection legislation is current and is broadly compatible with global frameworks.

Intellectual property laws in Australia provide good protection for cloud computing services and the digital economy. However, Australia provides limited “safe harbor” protections in the Copyright Act 1968, and the level of protection for cloud service providers remains uncertain.

Australian information technology (IT) infrastructure is reasonably well developed. Australia revised its model for the National Broadband Network in 2014. It is forecast to provide 8 million connections at speeds of 25-50 Mbps through fiber to the node (FttN) and hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) connections by 2020.

Overall, Australia’s Scorecard results were similar to the results reported in 2016. The country’s slight improvement in the ranking — from sixth to fifth — is mostly a result of other countries’ weaker performance in the areas relevant to cloud computing that are reflected in the Scorecard.

The rank for Australia in this year's Scorecard is:
- 5th overall,
- 2nd for legal and policy, and
- 10th for IT readiness and broadband deployment.

Within legal and policy themes for cloud readiness Australia has the following rankings:
- 4th for data privacy
- 2nd for security
- 5th for cybercrime
- 8th for intellectual property rights
- 1st for standards and international harmonization
- 9th for promoting free trade

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