Globalization-related issues.

First Look: Does Blocking Cross-Border Data Flows Boost Privacy?

A new report by ITIF argues data nationalism does not improve privacy, while hampering innovation and economic growth.

The False Promise of Data Nationalism

The False Promise of Data Nationalism

December 9, 2013
| Reports

A growing number of policy makers believe that data is more private and secure if it is stored domestically. This report shows why this is a false promise by providing a short guide to the implications of storing data on servers in foreign countries, with a foreign-owned service provider, or both, under various conditions. The report also recommends the United States engage its trade partners in developing a “Geneva Convention on the Status of Data” that establishes international legal standards for government access to data.

Talking TPP: Getting Through to Negotiators

December 4, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) can and should serve as a model for an innovation-centric trade agreement, promoting economic growth for all member countries. But to do so it must protect intellectual property, eliminate non-tariff barriers to trade, and ensure the free flow of information across borders. Anything less is unacceptable.

ITIF Releases New Report on TPP Trade Agreement

Concluding a High Standard, Innovation-Maximizing TPP Agreement

December 1, 2013
| Reports

The TransPacific Partnership (TPP) should be designed to maximize innovation in the United States and the other 11 participating Asia-Pacific countries. However, it will only do so if it both includes and holds the nations that sign it to the very highest standards, including those regarding intellectual property rights protection; liberalized trade in services; transparency and openness in government procurement; restrictions on preferential treatment toward state-owned enterprises; elimination of a host of non-tariff barriers, including barriers to foreign direct investment; and at least equal, if not greater, emphasis on enforcement as on market access. 

The Explosive Rise of Subsidies to Chinese Industry

November 25, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Chinese mercantilism has cost the U.S. a significant share of manufacturing job loss and this loss has had ripple effects to other sectors as U.S. manufacturers and their workers cut their spending.  These massive subsidies also distort the global location of and nature of production systems, resulting in production that is most efficiently done in another nation to be inefficiently done in China. Fundamentally the only real solution to this problem is for the world trading community to say enough is enough and put in place tougher policies that make it less beneficial and practical for China to continue along its current path.

Update: Trade Promotion Authority Still in Danger

November 19, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

TPA allows the President to “fast-track” trade agreements for approval or disapproval by Congress by removing the option for filibuster. But without it's renewal, the United States runs the risk of becoming a bystander in the ever increasing race towards globalization. 

Blah-humbug: Leaked Trade Agreement Shows (Surprise!) U.S. Looking Out for Its Interests

November 19, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

After a careful analysis of the leaked Wikileaks TransPacific Partnership intellectual property chapter, it turns out the United States isn’t trying to limit Internet freedom as alarmists would lead you to believe, but rather trying to elevate the standards of its participating member countries.

Adopt a common definition for trade secrets.

Adopt a common definition for trade secrets: any information that has economic value (actual or potential), is not generally known to the public, and for which the trade secret owner has taken reasonable measures to keep private.
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