This conference brings together policymakers and professionals from around the world to discuss how digital trade is changing how we trade, who trades, and how Internet stakeholders can alter trade policies to create an enabling environment for digital trade. Susan Ariel Aaronson and Kyle Renner, Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU and Michael Ferrantino and Maja Andjelkovic of the World Bank conceived of and organized the conference. We are grateful to our sponsors: ICANN, GWU-CIBER, Google, eBay, and the Greater Washington DC Chapter of The Internet Society (ISOC-DC).
Digital Trade is the fastest growing component of trade, but policymakers are just learning how to create an environment to facilitate such trade in developed and developing countries alike. TPP is the first trade agreement to include binding provisions related to the information flows that power digital trade but that agreement says little about the regulatory context in which the Internet functions. In this conference, we will examine digital trade as well as barriers to cross-border information flows. We will also discuss the role of trade agreements as tools of Internet governance, examine the domestic and international regulatory environment for information, and focus on how to cooperate to encourage cross-border information flows.
This panel will explore: How do individuals use the Internet to expand trade? What kind of policies should governments adopt to encourage their citizens to participate in digital trade?
4:15 – 5:30PM
Panel 2. A Conversation on Rethinking IPR Online to Support Development
First Keynote: Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director, Trade and Competitiveness, World Bank
Panelists will discuss the lack of infrastructure, poor regulatory environment, corruption, IPR, and other barriers to digital trade, and what policymakers can do about these barriers.
Opening Remarks: Panel 1 Moderator (Michael Ferrantino, World Bank) will provide 5 minutes of takeaways from the enabling environment discussion and conversation about IPR to set the stage for the Panel 2 discussion on barriers to digital trade.
This panel will focus on how trade policies and agreements should change to address both the “public good” nature of information flows and 21st century expectations of governance given the Internet.
Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company, Author of “Digital Globalization – The New Flows”
This panel will examine future barriers to digital trade including cyber-security, information sovereignty, and domestic regulations. We will also debate the difference between domestic regulations to protect netizens and local firms and digital protectionism. Panelists will suggest new policies to facilitate digital trade, in particular in the developing world.
The conference’s organizers, Michael Ferrantino of the World Bank and Susan Aaronson and Kyle Renner of the George Washington University, will summarize conference findings and discussion and suggest new areas for research.