For as long as humans have traded, we have traded data (facts or statistics) about the world we encounter. Fast forward to today and the role data plays in our lives has evolved substantially. Individuals, businesses, and governments use data to create new sectors and services delivered via the internet which we interact with daily, such as the cloud, apps, and artificial intelligence. In so doing, they are creating a new economy built on cross-border data flows. In this talk, Susan Aaronson, Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and expert in digital trade, explores how these new sectors will change the Canadian, United States and global economies, and how we should think about governing this new economy.
Susan Ariel Aaronson is a senior fellow with the Global Economy Program. She is an expert in international trade, digital trade, corruption and good governance, and human rights. As part of her work for CIGI, Susan is currently developing a digital trade and digital protectionism strategy for Canada. She is also co-authoring a paper with Senior Fellow Patrick Leblond about China’s efforts to be a leader in the digital trade sphere.