This study is part of the series "Shaping the Future of Multilateralism - Inclusive Pathways to a Just and Crisis-Resilient Global Order" by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung's European Union and Washington, DC offices.
Trade agreements have become an important battleground for tech companies to fight the regulatory pressure they are finally facing in the Global North. But allowing tech companies to capture digital trade talks to defang domestic regulation creates serious risks for privacy, fundamental rights, competition, social and economic justice, and sustainable development.
Table of contents
Digital trade rules: Big Tech’s end run around domestic regulations
Big Tech’s regulatory ascendency – the Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)
The end of the beginning – the CPTPP
The WTO e-commerce discussions and the Joint Statement Initiative
Overview of the JSI proposals