Institute for International Economic Policy

The IIEP Global Economic Governance in the 21st Century Initiative

Project on Trade Agreements and Internet Governance

The Project on Trade Agreements and Internet Governance (TAIG) examines how the U.S., EU, and Canada use trade agreements to govern the Internet and to advance Internet freedom/stability. This research was funded by the John and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and an anonymous donor.

The project is part of the Institute for International Economic Policy in the Elliott School for International Affairs at the George Washington University.

Seminars on Internet Governance and Digital Trade Issues

IIEP and the Internet Society of Washington DC are sponsoring a series of seminars on Internet governance and digital trade issues. These seminars are open to the public and free. The first seminar focused on a new report on digital trade prepared by the US International Trade Commission. We are grateful to ICANN, the Progressive Policy Institute, and an anonymous donor for their support of these seminars.

New Policy Brief Oct 2014:
Why Trade Agreements are Not Setting Information Free
In this brief, Dr. Susan Aaronson examines how the Snowden implications and other recent developments affect information flows. She also makes recommendations for trade policymakers on the free flow of information.



An annotated bibliography of relevant documents and links is available here.

Aaronson, Susan, "What does TPP mean for the Open Internet?,"P D F icon November 2015 Policy Brief on Trade Agreements and Internet Governance, Prepared for the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

As our work progresses, we will post country summaries of Internet regulation and trade policy for the E.U, U.S., and Canada.


Susan Ariel Aaronson, Director

Susan Ariel Aaronson is Research Professor at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and the former Minerva Chair at the National War College. She directs a project funded by the US Army on repression, civil conflict, and leadership tenure. Aaronson also directs a fellowship fund for students working on internet issues, the eBay Policy Scholars, and organizes seminar series on Internet issues. While at GWU, Aaronson has received grants from the MacArthur, Ford, Swiss National Science Foundation and Ford Motor Company for her work on internet freedom and trade, corruption, and business and human rights. Her current research focuses on WTO membership and conflict; repression, civil conflict and socio-economic outcomes; and on how trade agreements affect digital rights and Internet governance.

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