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Sep 15, 2020

Why data governance matters: Use, trade, intellectual property, and diplomacy

By Pari Esfandiari, PhD, Gregory F. Treverton, PhD

Global data and internet governance represents a scattered, multi-stakeholder, bottom-up, and driven by loose coordination among various players. Data governance can be thought of as incorporating a triangle of individuals and their privacy, nation-states and their interests, and the private sector and its profits. Its current status and prospects might be thought of along several lines of activity, which are interrelated but, for the sake of clarity and with some danger of oversimplification, are discussed in the following different sections: privacy and data use; regulating to police content; using antitrust to dilute data monopolies; self-regulation and digital trade; intellectual property rights; and digital diplomacy.

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GeoTech Cues

May 11, 2020

We can get through this COVID-19 pandemic together: Here is how

By David Bray

Here at the Atlantic Council, we recognize that working to benefit people, prosperity, and peace for all globally requires committed public servants. A year ago in 2019, Dr. Greg Treverton and Dr. Molly Jahn, as well as (the would be future GeoTech Center Director) Dr. David Bray, and other authors released the result of a year-long study that analyzed the impact of numerous long-term trends in the United States' government workforce over a period of two decades.

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Pari Esfandiari serves as a member of the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). She is a serial entrepreneur, internet pioneer, and sustainable development executive. Her extensive international background includes leadership, advisory, and investment positions with organizations and corporations in China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Pari has worked across diverse industries ranging from FinTech, communications, and e-commerce to sustainability and smart cities. She has written extensively on the implications of AI, IoT, blockchain, cleantech, data, data centers, and 5G. Her social enterprise offers cross-border/discipline collaborative tools to champion the women’s role in sustainable development. It was showcased by UNESCO and supported by the Google Foundation. Pari has a doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in the sustainability business and is an avid environmentalist.