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How Can Countries Support Data Flows, Digital Trade, and Good Data Governance?

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COVID-19 made clear that data flows are critical to the global economy, yet a growing number of countries are enacting new barriers that make it more expensive and time-consuming, if not illegal, to transfer data across borders. Misguided notions about how best to protect data and bolster cybersecurity are common motivations for data localization policies. But either way, their spread poses a growing threat to the potential for an open, rules-based, and innovative digital economy. Data localization also undermines the potential for countries to work together to address legitimate concerns about data transfers, such as data privacy, financial oversight, and law enforcement investigations, while still allowing data to flow freely.

Please join ITIF for a panel discussion on a new report detailing global data localization barriers and what policymakers need to do to develop new rules, norms, frameworks, and agreements to support data flows. In the absence of such an effort, China, Russia, India, the European Union, and others that prioritize digital control and protectionism will make such barriers a global norm.

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John Whittingdale
John Whittingdale
@JWhittingdale

Minister of State for Media and Data, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport
UK Government
Keynote Speaker

Alex Greenstein
Alex Greenstein

@GreensteinAD

Director Privacy Shield Negotiations
U.S. Department of Commerce
Panelist

Amy Murray Stuart
Amy Murray Stuart

Director, WTO Digital Trade Section
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Panelist

Ito Sadanori
Ito Sadanori

Special Adviser & Director
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan & Japan External Trade Organization New York
Panelist

Jason Oxman
Jason Oxman
@joxman

President and Chief Executive Officer
Information Technology Industry Council
Speaker

Nigel Cory
Nigel Cory

@nigelcory

Associate Director, Trade Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation