Can Trade Agreements Help Solve the Wicked Problem of Disinformation?

43 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2021

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Susan Ariel Aaronson

George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs

Date Written: April 6, 2021

Abstract

Disinformation is a wicked problem. Increasingly, disinformation comes from overseas. Many nations have adopted a wide range of strategies to mitigate disinformation. This patchwork may not be effective in mitigating cross-border disinformation. Moreover, the lack of coherent approaches could also lead to trade distortions and spillover effects upon internet openness and generativity. This paper shows how policymakers might use trade agreements to govern the cross-border data flows that at times fuel disinformation.

Keywords: trust, disinformation, spam, trade, trade agreements

JEL Classification: 038, 039, F68, F53

Suggested Citation

Aaronson, Susan, Can Trade Agreements Help Solve the Wicked Problem of Disinformation? (April 6, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3820213 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3820213

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