Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Digital Trade

Data has become the most traded good and/or service across borders. The American economy is increasingly reliant on digital trade. But the US does not yet participate in any explicit binding digital trade agreements. Meanwhile, many countries have adopted policies that inhibit digital trade, including requirements that data be stored locally or restricting services provided by foreign firms. Such policies not only affect U.S. Internet and technology firms, but the users and small businesses that rely on an open digital environment.

There have been lots of panels on digital trade, but this event will provide an opportunity
to better understand why data is governed in trade agreements, what are the barriers to
digital trade, and how digital trade rules may affect important policy objectives such as
internet openness, the gig economy, innovation, and national security.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP at GWU), the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub, and the Internet Society DC (ISOC-DC). This event is also organized in conjunction with the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA).

Matthew Reisman, Microsoft
Meredith Broadbent, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Rachael Stelly, Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)
Burcu Kilic, Public Citizen

Susan Aaronson, Research Professor, GWU and Director, Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub 

Date and Time

October 31, 2019 12:00-1:30 PM EDT


George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs (Lindner Commons Room) 1957 E Street NW Washington, DC 20052