Past Events


November 21, 2019

Senate AI Caucus briefing on export controls and AI

(Private Event)


Thursday, 31 October 2019

Everything you always Wanted to Know About Digital Trade, but didn’t get a chance to Ask

Location: GWU, 1957 E Street, the Commons 12:00-1:30

Data has become the most traded good and/or service across borders. Digital trade is built on data and can be defined as goods and services delivered via the internet. The American economy is increasingly reliant on digital trade. But the US does not yet participate in any explicit binding digital trade agreements. Meanwhile, many countries including growing markets such as India have adopted policies that inhibit digital trade including requirements that data be stored locally or restricting services provided by foreign firms. Such policies not only affect U.S. Internet and technology firms, but the users and small businesses that rely on an open digital environment.

There have been lots of panels on digital trade, but this 1.5 hour event will provide an opportunity to better understand why data is governed in trade agreements, what are barriers to digital trade, and how digital trade rules may affect important policy objectives such as internet openness, the gig economy, innovation, and national security.

On October 31, the Hub, Institute for International Economic Policy, Computer and Communications Industry Associate (CCIA), and Internet Society hosted an event at the Elliott School of International Affairs to give an overview of why data is governed in trade agreements, barriers to digital trade, and how trade rules may affect important policy objectives, such as internet openness, the gig economy, innovation, and national security. Watch the live stream from the event.


Thursday, 17 October 2019

Book launch for Schism: China, America and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System

Location: Lindner Family Commons on the 6th floor at the Elliott School of International Affairs, located at 1957 E Street, NW

9:00-10:30AM

This event features a presentation given by author Paul Blustein, CIGI Senior Fellow and former reporter at the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal; panelists Ana Swanson, New York Times Trade Reporter, Steve Suranovic, Associate Economics Professor (GWU), and Scott Kennedy, Senior Advisor, Freeman Chair in China Studies Director; and will be moderated by Susan Aaronson, CIGI Senior Fellow, Research Professor and Director of the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub at GWU.

Paul Blustein discussed his new book, Schism, on October 17 at the Elliott School. Ana Swanson, New York Times trade reporter, Steve Suranovic, Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs at GWU, and Scott Kennedy, Senior Advisor and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics at CSIS, offered remarks on Blunstein’s book. Dr. Aaronson moderated the event. The book launch was co-sponsored by the Institute for International Economic Policy, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and the Hub.


Monday-Tuesday, 26-27 September 2019

Location: George Washington University

Transforming Research

The digital Trade and Data Governance Hub is a co-sponsor of this conference. A major theme of the conference includes Data governance and open data. Director of the Hub, Susan Ariel Aaronson, will discuss how data governance may affect comparative advantage.


Thursday, 27 June 2019

Invitation only training 

2nd Brownbag Seminar from GW’s Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub

The 2nd brownbag seminar by the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub will focus on smart manufacturing and the implications for trade.


Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Invitation only event

Brownbag Seminar from GW’s Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub

The brownbag seminar will be the first by the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub that was started by Susan Ariel Aaronson. The Hub’s mission is to educate both policy makers and journalists on issues of digital trade and data governance.


Thursday, 20 June 2019

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

485 Russell Senate Office Building

What’s New in US Digital Trade Policy?

The U.S. is a leader of the internet economy and it has long led efforts to develop international principles, rules and agreements governing digital trade and e-commerce.  However, the U.S. is currently not a party to any trade agreement with binding and explicit rules governing digital trade. The U.S. may be left behind as other nations such as Canada, Japan and the EU  forge ahead with bilateral, regional, or plurilateral agreements containing comprehensive commitments on digital trade, e-commerce, and/or data. 

For more information click here.


Wednesday, 5 June 2019

9:00 AM – 12:45 PM

The Elliott School of International Affairs

Privacy and Digital Rights for All: A Forum on the Need for Privacy and Data Protection Laws in the U.S.

With Public Citizen and the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, Elliott School of International Affairs