Das digitale Handelsungleichgewicht – Lunch Talk mit Susan Aaronson

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Das digitale Handelsungleichgewicht –Lunch talk mit Susan Aaronson
At The Intersection of Cross-Border Information Flows and Human Rights: TPP as a case study
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 · 1pm · HIIG Kitchen

Am 22. Juni fand ein offener Brown-bag Lunch in der Küche des Instituts statt. Susan Aaronson, Research Professor und Cross-Disciplinary Felllow an der Elliott School of International Affairs der George Washington University hat Einflüsse der Transpazifischen Partnerschaft auf die Datenregulierung aufgezeigt und mögliche Parallelen zu TTIP gezogen. Die Veranstaltung fand auf englisch statt, weitere Informationen untenstehend.

Policymakers struggle to govern the Internet and Internet providers, which are global, with laws, regulations, and norms that are national.  Trade agreements provide a way to solve this governance dilemma, but they are not without flaws. In this presentation, Aaronson discusses  the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), how it governs information flows, and how it could affect TTIP (the Trans Atlantic Trade  and Investment Partnership-a trade agreement between the US and the EU nations).

The US argues that TPP “promotes e-Commerce, protects digital freedom, and preserves an Open Internet” because it limits data protectionism, makes the free flow of information a default, and allows TPP signatories to challenge censorship and filtering as trade barriers.  But the Obama Administration has the analysis half right.  If TPP is approved by the twelve member states, it could help advance cross-border information flows. However, TPP barely mentions users and does little to protect digital rights. Moreover, should TPP go into effect, governments can rely on the agreement’s exceptions to continue to block, filter, and censor information flows.  Aaronson will make suggestions for how to better policies to promote digital trade with policies to advance digital rights.

Susan Ariel Aaronson is Research Professor and Cross-Disciplinary Felllow at the Elliott School of International Affairs,  George Washington University, USA, as  well as the Cavalho Fellow at the Government Accountability Project. Her research looks at the intersection of trade, human rights, and the rule of law.



22. Jun 2016 | 13:00 – 14:00 ical | gcal



Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft,  Französische Straße 9,  10117 Berlin


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