CLOUD is the Consortium for Local Ownership and Use of Data. CLOUD is a non-profit technology standards consortia [filed for 501(c)(6) status]. As CLOUD's co-founder, Gary Thompson, highlighted in his TEDxAustin talk, "Reweaving the Fabric of the Internet to Transform Humanity", the journey to CLOUD started during he and his wife's journey to MD Anderson Cancer Center in early 2009 to fight her recurrence of breast cancer. It was during that journey from Austin to Houston that today’s most vexing issues of privacy, security and data came too close for comfort. As the next several months unfolded, it became clear that these issues were bigger than just healthcare and bigger than any one country.