IGF 2023 WS #488 e-Gov. Transition to Cloud Computing: Assets and Liabilities


Sustainability & Environment
Digital Technologies to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Organizer 1: Alhazmi Dr. Khaled, The Digital Government Authority
Organizer 2: Misfer Alghamdi, 🔒Digital Government Authority

Speaker 1: Mactar Seck, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 2: Ayman El-Sherbiny, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 3: Qusai AlShatti, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 4: Haifa Alhussain, Government, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 5: Mohammed Alshuwaier, Government, Asia-Pacific Group


Alhazmi Dr. Khaled, Government, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator

Maha Al-Khaldi, Government, Asia-Pacific Group


Misfer Alghamdi, Government, Asia-Pacific Group


Panel - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

-What are the benefits and risks of using Cloud, and how can businesses make sure that it helps them achieve their goals?
-How can governments ensure that cloud services are secure & protect users’ privacy, particularly considering recent data breaches and other security incidents?
-How can regulators make certain that cloud adoption programs are open and accountable, and that citizens can have a say in how cloud services are used?
-In terms of the long-term costs and benefits of cloud adoption as well as the environmental impact of cloud services, how can organizations ensure that cloud adoption programs are sustainable?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the future of this rapidly-growing technology. They will learn about the latest trends and advancements in cloud computing, as well as the opportunities and challenges associated with its implementation. Platform computing and IaaS are also elaborated on. The panel discussion will also provide an opportunity for networking, enabling attendees to meet and network with other professionals and experts in the field. Additionally, attendees may gain insights into best practices for cloud computing adoption, deployment and management, as well as potential risks and dangers that organizations may face as they embark on their cloud journey. Overall, attending this panel discussion will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the current and future state of cloud computing, and the skills and knowledge needed to successfully navigate and thrive in this fast-paced technology landscape.


Cloud computing has revolutionized the way businesses and individuals consume and deliver IT services. It has enabled organizations to scale and innovate at unprecedented rates while also reducing costs and increasing efficiency. However, as with any disruptive technology, cloud computing has also raised new challenges related to security, privacy, and data governance. This workshop will explore the current state of cloud computing and the opportunities and challenges it presents for businesses, governments, and individuals.

The workshop will bring together experts from the cloud ecosystem to discuss the latest developments and trends in cloud computing. The discussion will cover topics such as:
-The impact of cloud computing on digital transformation and innovation in addition to, examination of the advantages of Fog computing and Edge computing on clouds will be covered.
-The role of cloud computing in enabling emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the Internet of Things.
-The challenges of data privacy and security in the cloud, and strategies for mitigating risks.
-The legal and regulatory framework for cloud computing, including issues related to data sovereignty and jurisdiction.
-The social and ethical implications of cloud computing, including issues related to data ownership and control, and the potential for bias and discrimination in algorithmic decision-making.
-The jobs and opportunities cloud computing is creating in the market and inclusiveness opportunities.

The workshop will be designed as an interactive session, with panel discussions, presentations, and Q&A sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and perspectives on cloud computing, as well as to learn from experts in the field.

Expected Outcomes

Articles or blog posts: Participants in the workshop, including experts, could be invited to contribute articles or blog posts on different topics related to cloud computing. These could be published on relevant websites or social media platforms to reach a broader audience.

Hybrid Format: -Screen sharing for online speakers through video conferencing tool.
-Dedicated reader for online chat as to read participations/questions from online attendees.
-The identified complementary online tools that can be utilized include Zoom or any other video conferencing platforms.