WEBCAST SEP 20- CITI Governance – Digital Economy Agreements and Digital Partnerships: Modular Paths to International Cooperation

isoc liveOn Wednesday September 20 2023 at 11:00-12:30 EDT (15:00-16:30 UTC) the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, as part of its Global Digital Governance series, presents a webinar ‘Digital Economy Agreements and Digital Partnerships: Modular Paths to International Cooperation‘.

Digital Economy Agreements and Digital Partnerships are new approaches to international cooperation and policy convergence. Governments from the Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Europe have established a handful of these arrangements since 2020, and more are in negotiation. They use modular architectures to treat individual issues separately within an integrated framework. Modular approaches allow policymakers a much greater flexibility to mix different types of commitments and forms of cooperation.

The arrangements have institutionalized varying models of cooperation on many difficult issues: transparency, supply chains, inclusion, identities, cross-border data flows, forced data localization, online customs duties and the trade treatment of digital products, business and trade facilitation, e-invoicing and certifications, the protection of source code, cybersecurity, consumer protection, privacy and data protection, open government data, standards and interoperability, fintech and e-payments, innovation and regulatory sandboxes, artificial intelligence and support for small and medium-sized firms.

Among the many outstanding questions are how impactful they can be, and whether more major digital countries will pursue them. China is seeking to join a key one. And the United States is centrally involved in parallel initiatives that have some commonalities, e.g. the digital work streams of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Technology Council.

This webinar assembles a panel of expert analysts to assess these new institutional frameworks and consider their potential for the future of digital cooperation and governance. As always, the panelists’ conversation will be followed by an open dialogue among all participants.

Neha Mishra, Assistant Professor, Geneva Graduate Institute
Richard Samans, Director, Research Department, International Labor Organization (ILO)
Marta Soprana, Fellow in International Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Stephanie Honey, Honey Consultants

William J. Drake, Director of International Studies at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information

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