Nigel Cory

Nigel Cory
Associate Director, Trade Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Phone: 
202-626-5720

Nigel Cory is an associate director covering trade policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

He previously worked as a researcher at the Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Prior to that, he worked for eight years in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which included positions working on G20 global economic and trade issues and the Doha Development Round. Cory also had diplomatic postings to Malaysia, where he worked on bilateral and regional trade, economic, and security issues, and Afghanistan, where he was the deputy director of a joint U.S.-Australia provincial reconstruction team.

Cory holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in international business and commerce from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.

Recent Publications

December 3, 2018

The United Kingdom shows that dynamic injunction orders and the use of technology together can help combat the piracy of live sporting events through set-top boxes.

November 26, 2018

Without a single, integrated market for digital goods and services, Latin American businesses will have difficulty gaining the scale to succeed in the digital economy. Policymakers should embrace openness, innovation, and competition throughout the region.

September 9, 2018

As Nigel Cory and Alan McQuinn write in The Hill, the U.S. government should use CLOUD Act agreements to push back on foreign practices that force U.S. firms to store data locally.

August 23, 2018

As Nigel Cory writes for Mint, the Reserve Bank of India’s proposal that digital payment companies store all user data in India is both unnecessary and misguided.

August 20, 2018

Duty-free access to U.S. markets represents a major benefit for many trading partners that clearly do not provide fair and reasonable market access or treatment of U.S. firms and their goods and services.

August 15, 2018

Vietnam's cybersecurity law is the latest illustration of a growing trend toward using broad definitions of national security and the public interest to justify data protection rules that amount to digital protectionism, Nigel Cory writes for Nikkei Asian Review.

July 16, 2018

The European Commission should narrow its proposal for governing digital flows so that it clearly prohibits unjustified barriers enacted in the name of “privacy,” Nigel Cory writes for Euronews.

July 2, 2018

Article 13 of the proposed EU Copyright Directive is a reasonable proposal that protects intellectual property, preserves consumer interests, and fosters the European digital economy, and the European Parliament should proceed with this reform writes Daniel Castro and Nigel Cory in Innovation Files.

June 12, 2018

While website blocking was never going to be the silver bullet to solve piracy online, this was never the goal, merely that it be one of the many tools in the toolbox that countries can use to fight piracy and improve the market for legal content online writes Nigel Cory in Innovation Files.

January 31, 2018

As Nigel Cory writes for Brink magazine, the global rise of data localism is affecting the free flow of data at the heart of today’s digital economy. Unless the United States and others set new digital trade rules to keep data flows open, this trend toward data localism will yield a balkanized Internet.

January 22, 2018

Brazil, China, Indonesia, Russia, and Vietnam fielded some of the year’s worst innovation mercantilist policies. Their targets included Internet-based services, electric vehicles, biopharmaceuticals, computers and electronics.

November 16, 2017

Previously, there were few HPV tests well suited to developing countries, but a new product—Xpert HPV—changes this by offering an accurate, real-time, self-contained, and easy to use molecular testing mechanism that can be used at the point-of-care.

Recent Events and Presentations

May 3, 2018

Nigel Cory discussed cross-border data flows during a panel at George Mason University’s Eighth Annual Public Policy Institute on Financial Services.

August 18, 2017

Speaking in Ho Chi Ming City, Vietnam, at an Asia-Pacific Economic Community (APEC) workshop on electronic labeling best practices, Nigel Cory explained the benefits of electronic labeling and how it can help facilitate trade and innovation in information communication technology.

March 16, 2017

Please join ITIF as it releases a new report laying out a strategic trade and economic policy narrative for the Trump administration to pursue with China.

September 22, 2016

Join ITIF for a discussion on the spread of localization barriers to trade, how they fail to achieve their intended results for the nations using them, and how policymakers can respond to this growing threat to the global innovation economy.