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Upcoming events: GWU/World Bank Conference (5-6 May 2016)

The End of Trade as We Know It?
A conference organized by GWU and the World Bank
This conference will focus on how policymakers, firms, and netizens can collaborate to ensure that digital trade yields economic growth and enhances human welfare. 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 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.

To register for this free conference,  go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wtijXK2kg-hGbpnjbNwhOmdp1v2xaQelYQ...

Day 1: May 5th, 2016

2:30 – 4:00PM
Panel 1. The enabling environment for digital trade as a tool for development.

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?

  • Abdoul Aziz Sy, CTIC Dakar, Senegal
  • Daniel Adidwa, Tour 2-0.com, South Africa
  • Diego Molano VegaFormer ICT Minister of Colombia
  • Michael FerrantinoWorld Bank
  • Moderator: Martin MolinuevoWorld Bank
4:00 – 4:15PM: Coffee Break

4:15 – 5:30PM

Panel 2. A Conversation on Rethinking IPR Online to Support Development

  • Sean Flynn, Professorial Lecturer, American University School of Law
  • Lucinda Longcroft, Director, NY Office, WIPO, invited
  • Kevin M. Rosenbaum, Of Counsel, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, and an attorney for the International Intellectual Property Association
  • Krista CoxDirector of Public Policy Initiatives, Association of Research Libraries
  • ModeratorMaja AndjelkovicWorld Bank
5:30 – 6:30PM

First Keynote: Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director, Trade and Competitiveness, World Bank


Day 2: Friday, May 6th, 2016

9:00 – 10:30AM
Panel 3: Barriers to Digital Trade as a Tool for Development.

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.

  • Shawn TanPrincipal author of the international trade section of World Development Report 2016, World Bank
  • Ralph Carter, Managing Director, Federal Express
  • Anupam Chander, Professor of Law, UC-Davis, Author of “The Electronic Silk Road”
  • Usman Ahmed, Director, Global Public Policy, PayPal
  • Moderator: Shawn Donnen, FT, invited
10:30 – 11:00AM: Coffee & Networking Break
11:00AM – 12:30PM
Panel 4: Do Provisions Regulating Digital Trade Need a Rethink?

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.

  • Sandy RebackDirector, Global Public Policy, Akamai
  • Carolina RossiniVice President, International Policy, Public Knowledge
  • Jeremy MalcolmSenior Global Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Damien Levie, EU Delegation, Trade and Agricultural Affairs
  • Moderator: Hanna NorbergTradeeconomista.com

12:30 – 2:00PM: Luncheon Keynote

Susan LundPartner, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company, Author of “Digital Globalization – The New Flows”

2:15PM – 3:45PM
Panel 5: Barriers to Digital Trade and Digital Trade Agreements

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.

  • Brian BieronDirector of Public Policy, eBay and Main Street
  • Allan FriedmanDirector of Cybersecurity, NIST, invited
  • Hosuk Lee MakiyamaDirector, European Center for International Political Economy (ECIPE)
  • Susan Ariel AaronsonResearch Professor of International Affairs, GWU
  • Paul FehlingerManager and Co-Founder, Internet and Jurisdiction Project
  • ModeratorTracey SamuelsonMarketplace, PRI
4:00PM: Wrap Up & Next Steps

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.

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