Today, researchers and firms use insights gleaned from analysis of large data sets to create new goods and services (a data-driven economy). Nations will need to develop new rules to govern the use of that data nationally and internationally. But given different national norms regarding data and the rapid pace of data-driven technological development, it will not be easy to find common ground on domestically and internationally accepted policies. The Hub works to help stakeholders and policymakers understand digital trade and data governance issues.


Many nations have started to publish national AI strategies. Since Canada released its strategy in 2017, 11 other G20 members have followed suit, but each nation has approached their AI strategy differently. The Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub has examined these strategies and produced two documents. The first provides an overview summarizing main goals of each national AI strategy, and the second provides an analysis of how each strategy deals with data governance with respect to AI. Our analysis shows that there is no one formula to achieve a national AI strategy. Thus, strategies range in focus and cover aspects such as funding, research, infrastructure, ethics, jobs, standards, and data governance. These documents are current as of August 2019 and will be updated every 6 months. To see more, click on the map above.


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How should we think about data?

The market for data is opaque. We have little information about what data firms collect online, how these firms use or sell our data, or how they mix various data types. If we want these markets to operate more equitably and efficiently, policymakers must focus on the governance of data. How we govern data and data markets will likely to have significant implications for our nation’s economic health and stability. You can learn more about data governance and digital trade here.


What do we do?

We provide resources, training, events, and evidence-based research to help stakeholders understand data governance and digital trade. Read more about what we do here.


Wondering who are we?

We are a team with a diverse background in international trade, economics, public policy, and communication. To get to know our staff, collaborators, and board check out the “about” tab.


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