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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on International Trade

AI is already changing global value chains and international trade patterns. Trade rules crafted today in the WTO or free trade agreements will play a critical role in further shaping how AI is further developed and deployed globally.

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“Data Localization” and Other Barriers to Digital Trade

E-commerce allows us to order anything around the world with just an Internet connection and the click of a button. As digital trade has expanded, so have barriers like data localization. International trade rules are still racing to catch up with an increasingly digitally connected world.

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Online Microwork and Freelancing: Tapping Into the Global Talent Pool

Technology has enabled us to tap into a global labor pool of remote workers anywhere in the world there’s a good Internet connection. 48 million workers registered their services on online outsourcing sites in 2013, according to the World Bank.

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Will China’s Big Techs Overtake Silicon Valley?

Tencent and Alibaba are names you need to know. They are leaders among China’s five Big Tech firms. They are growing fast and starting to rival American giants Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Facebook. Whoever among these giants acquires the most consumer information on habits, preferences, spending patterns, and financial behaviors stands to win in our growing global digital economy.

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Toward a Global Cashless Economy

At some point between the start of the Thanksgiving holiday and Cyber Monday, did you reach for your credit card or use another secure payment system like PayPal to make a purchase online? You’re in good company: 259 million Americans routinely buy online. Last year, internet sales in China on “Single’s Day” reached $25.3 billion — $6 billion more than what Americans purchased online over the entire Thanksgiving weekend. In the future, the whole world just might be cashless.

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The Global Space Economy is Taking Off Like a Rocket

Until recently, the gains from commercial use of space manifested primarily in the growing use of satellites that enable precise navigational maps in your car and the dish on your roof to channel satellite television into your home. A new era is dawning in which private companies routinely launch payloads into space. We’re a long way off from having the framework of rules we might need here on Earth to accommodate the take off of the global space industry.

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Kardashians Kash in on the App Economy

The Kardashians continually extend their dynasty, promoting their own products while recommending others on social media using Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. They’ve also created their own apps, in their own images, to push their own line of products. Love them or hate them, the Kardashians’ countless business ventures are stimulating both the global app economy — and the larger world economy.

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Beyond Tariffs: China Could Retaliate Through Cybersecurity

China’s cybersecurity law can be used as a form of “backdoor” trade retaliation to hurt U.S. firms in China.

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Driving Demand

One result of the widespread acceptance of e-commerce and home delivery is a growing and urgent demand for drivers – at least for now.

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Etsy’s Growth Illustrates That Even Local is Global

Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade, vintage, or other unique items, is one of many popular Internet platforms where individual creators can sell their works. Nearly 15 million Americans earned a collective $6 billion using just nine of these platforms. Millions more did the same worldwide. And now many of these creators are also global traders.