WTO Guest Panel Data Governance and International Trade

June 8
3:00 pm 
– 5:00 pm
Switzerland
Online
WTO

National and transnational approaches to governing data and data driven
sectors can build trust and facilitate growth and innovation. At the same time,
these approaches may challenge trade principles. The panelists will examine
the relationship between digital trade and the governance of various types of
data, as well as how trade principles hinder or facilitate interoperability among
data governance approaches. In particular, panelists will consider those issues:

  • Does trade in data differ from trade in (other) goods or services governed by
    trade agreements?
  • How might open trade principles make it harder (or easier) for nations to
    develop a trustworthy environment for the development of a data driven
    economy?
  • How might domestic regulation or the absence of domestic regulations to
    govern data make it harder (or easier) for nations to develop a trustworthy
    environment for the development of a data driven economy?
  • Can principles such as transparency, recognition, value of international
    standards or (legitimate) justifications facilitate greater rule-based crossborder data flows?

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