Connectivity, Competition & Collaboration The 3 Cs of the Digital Trade

3:00 pm
 – 4:30 pm

This seminar on Connectivity, Competition and Collaboration features academics and experts who have researched and written highly informative studies on the digital landscape (see below).

One of the panelists has explored the features of regulatory frameworks that enhance connectivity to communications infrastructures, so as to raise e-readiness and narrow the digital divide. Another has examined how Internet is organized so as to move data and content across the globe and the unique attributes that play a role in how competitive forces affect whether companies may succeed or founder in the online world, and when and how consumers can benefit. Other of the panelists are actively engaged in fostering capacity building and collaborative mechanisms to enhance Internet governance and communication within and among governments and other stakeholders. In the digital trade space, the concerns being dealt with in WTO and elsewhere span a great many different policy and regulatory communities, service sectors, and technical disciplines.

Some of the important considerations that WTO Members may wish to take into account in their deliberations have shifted or have become more urgent as a result of the pandemic. The need for clear understanding the new landscape and for extensive international collaboration have become even more urgent today, as a result.

The event is part of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Simply Services — A Trade in Services Speaker Series .


  • Raul Katz, Director of Business Strategy Research at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
  • Shane Greenstein, The Martin Marshall Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • Lorrayne Porciuncula, Director, Data & Jurisdiction Program, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network
  • Marilia Maciel, Digital Policy Senior Researcher, DiploFoundation


  • Lee Tuthill, Senior Counsellor, WTO