Indonesia, for instance, dropped one place to 21st on the BSA's list due to new regulations requiring cloud providers to register with a central authority and mandating that some set up data centers in the country staffed by local workers.
The BSA finds similar concerns with other countries that rank poorly on its scorecard. Indeed, the five countries at the bottom of the list -- in descending order, South Africa at No. 20, trailed by Indonesia, Brazil, Thailand and Vietnam -- received the lowest scores of any nation on the BSA's "supporting free trade" criterion.
"The real problem areas I think we would say is that some of the countries that are at the bottom of the ranking -- Indonesia, Vietnam -- some of these countries are really taking active steps to chop off a piece of the cloud for themselves," Hopfensperger says. "These things really run counter to what we view as an international approach to cloud policy."
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