Think Piece

Should There Be New Multilateral Rules for Digital Trade?

December 2013
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This think piece addresses the interface between the global trading system and the digital environment. In recent years, the role of digital technologies as a key driver of innovation has dramatically increased, and thus the question of whether current trade rules are adapted to the realities of digital trade and innovation has become a critical one. As digital technologies, and above all the Internet, enter a more advanced stage of evolution and of integration into societal life, the matter is likely to transcend issues of market access, elimination of tariffs, or the classification of a digital good or service, and to revolve around how the entire international trade governance system is to face the digital challenge.

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