Regulating the International Digital Economy, with Trade and Innovation in Mind

CIGI Paper No. 265

June 6, 2022

The international digital economy is growing rapidly, and the fragmented governance framework is struggling to keep pace. Global entities such as the World Trade Organization and regional trade agreements offer a patchwork approach to governance. This paper illustrates the importance of governance in relation to private-sector innovation and recommends next steps to enhance governance, close gaps and promote further innovation. Better definition and international alignment of the framework for governance of digital trade and data could lead to greater privacy, trust and security.

About the Author

Douglas Lippoldt is a CIGI senior fellow and an international trade economist based in Claremont, California.