Data is Different: Why the World Needs a New Approach to Governing Cross-Border Data Flows

CIGI Papers No. 197 — November 2018

Posted: 1 Jul 2020

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Susan Ariel Aaronson

George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

This paper begins with an overview of data as a traded good or service. I think describe how trade in data is different from trade in other goods or services. I then examine analogues used to describe data as an input — data is the new oil, data is infrastructure, which can help us understand how data could be regulated. Next the paper discusses how trade policymakers are regulating trade in data and how these efforts have created a patchwork. Finally I suggest an alternative approach to governing trade in data.

Keywords: Data, Digital Trade, E-Commerce, AI, Personal Data, WTO, Interoperability

JEL Classification: 038, 032, F52, F53, F68

Suggested Citation

Aaronson, Susan, Data is Different: Why the World Needs a New Approach to Governing Cross-Border Data Flows (2018). CIGI Papers No. 197 — November 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3589861

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