I caught an article during my travels in August referencing the World Bank Global Antidumping Database. The numbers quoted showed an increase in new protectionist practices of 31% in the first half of 2009 relative to the first half of 2008. During our current economic challenges it is easy to focus closer to home and move toward nationalistic / geopolitically motivated policies. As governments become owners of manufacturing and banking companies, more focus in being brought to work placement. As we move more and more IT services into clouds, we can expect requirements that insist that we store, monitor and support these “cloud services” inside of geopolitical boundaries. This is something we have to consider more as we look to bring universal services with transaction consumption models to organisations and consumers.