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Development Opportunity or Digital Colonialism? The planned WTO e-commerce agreement

Sven Hilbig
November 2021; 4 pages


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Since the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Buenos Aires in 2017, the Friends of E-commerce have been pushing for a comprehensive new agreement on digital trade. Will the planned agreement further exacerbate existing inequalities between the Global North and the Global South, as many developing countries and NGOs fear? What kind of global framework would be necessary to enable an independent digital economy in the Global South? Sven Hilbig from Bread for the World discusses theses questions in Global Governance Spotlight 3|2021.

On this topic:

sef: Policy Lunch
Data Protection vs. ‘Free Flow’ of Data? Inclusive digitalisation and the planned WTO e-commerce agreement
17 November 2021, 12.00hrs, Brussels and online

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