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DIGITAL TRADE TRACKER

Digital and data are becoming central to trade..

Conflicts are emerging around digital trade..

What does this mean for justice in a digital world?

BACKGROUND

As issues around digital trade become more important there is need for clearer information and commentary on these issues.

What is at stake?

Speakers at the World Economic Forum

The history of the key technologies, actors and conflicts.

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Trade agreements

Map of countries involved in trade agreements

The key trade agreements that seek to regulate.

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Rules

Mobile phone list of applications

Details of important issue-areas and the rules shaping them

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RECENT TRACKER POSTS

The news tracker tracks of the latest news and updates

Updates April: OECD Digital Tax | UN Digital Cooperation | Apple tracking rules
This update shines a light on the increasing patchwork of global forums and bodies looking to govern digital and data flows. Return of the US to global governance? OECD digital …
A first look at the WTO/JSI discussions on digital trade.
Discussions around e-commerce and digital trade in the WTO have been relatively quiet over the past year or two. But recently there have been several new reports detailing progress, as …
Nov updates – RCEP | UK-Japan | App blocking | EU data flows after Schrems II
The last month has been a busy month in terms of digital trade. Some of the main activities are outlined below: RCEP agreement The RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) draft …

ABOUT

This is the goal of this website is to provide simple and balanced information for trade negotiators, policy makers, advocacy groups, academics and wider society on issues connected to digital trade and how they will shape the global economy

  • Digital is becoming central to trade…We know that across the economy aspects of production and consumption are being digitalized. This is leading to cross-border data flows becoming important channels of trade. Data-driven and digital innovation are central to economies of the future.
  • Conflicts are emerging around digital and trade…With these changes governments are enacting policies around digital with economic objectives. Emerging digital strategies also challenge existing trade rules and create demands for new rules.
  • A lack of balance: bringing back global justice…Often talking points and ideas are being shaped by the technology industry with narrow agendas. Focus is on leading digital nations without considering digital latecomers. Focus has been on big tech without thinking of small firms and society

The site was created by Dr Christopher Foster, an academic from the University of Manchester UK. It is inspired by research undertaken by Christopher Foster, Shamel Azmeh & Jaime Echavarri from 2015 to the present