The Atlantic Council released “Building a Transatlantic Digital Marketplace: Twenty Steps Toward 2020” on April 5 in Brussels. Later this month, the Council will host another event in Washington, D.C. on the report. I was a member of the Atlantic Council’s Task Force on a Transatlantic Digital Agenda.
The concept of a transatlantic digital marketplace is something well worth supporting. The Brookings Institution’s 2014 work on the value of transatlantic data flows helped make the economic case for why this is so important. The 2015 European Center for International Political Economy (ECIPE) paper on the importance of complementary policy for the ICT sector helps explain what policy environment, including on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) is optimal for the software sector. The Atlantic Council Report contains many excellent ideas for building a transatlantic digital marketplace such as promoting cross-border data flows.