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 focuses on cross-border data flows, data governance, intellectual property, and how they each relate to digital trade and the broader digital economy. Cory has provided in-person testimony and written submissions and has published reports and op-eds relating to these issues in the United States, the European Union, Australia, China, India, and New Zealand, among other countries and regions, and he has completed research projects for international bodies such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and the World Trade Organization.  

Cory previously worked as a researcher in the Southeast Asia Program 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 in Malaysia, where he worked on bilateral and regional trade, economic, and security issues, and in 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

April 7, 2020

The Pirate Bay (TPB), the most notorious online platform for disseminating copyright-infringing files, recently regained its spot as the world’s top torrent site. The platform’s stubborn 17-year existence shows how much work policymakers have left to do in order to curb illegal access to digital content, even though in the case of TPB the work is as simple as mandating Internet service providers to block it.

March 23, 2020

To support digital trade, countries must eliminate regulatory barriers—big and small, new and old, obvious and hidden—that prevent firms from using technology and the Internet to achieve critical economies of scale. Electronic invoices are a great example.

February 24, 2020

Working together, firms from different parts of the digital economy can disrupt the supply side of the digital piracy equation to make it harder and costlier for illicit operators to function.

January 27, 2020

Countries that value an open, competitive digital economy should use surveys to improve quantitative analysis of cross-border data flows, because policymakers can’t effectively manage and address barriers to digital trade unless they can measure it.

January 13, 2020

The United States, the EU, and Japan must band together in stronger trilateral partnership to pressure China into rolling back the mercantilist trade practices it uses to grow advanced, innovation-driven industries.

October 18, 2019

In essay for a compilation published by the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Nigel Cory explained that the United States and China have fundamentally different approaches to governance of the digital economy.

July 22, 2019

An APEC report—produced with extensive research contributions from ITIF—on how firms use data and the impact of data-related laws and regulations.

May 29, 2019

In an important development for India’s digital economy, the Delhi High Court issued a decision on April 10 that provides a new policy tool for right holders to better protect the intellectual property that is tied up in their copyrighted music, movies, and other digital content.

May 27, 2019

The foundation of the global digital economy is showing cracks. Countries that support an open, rules-based global trading system need to agree on a common framework.

May 9, 2019

Chinese policymakers cling to a strident view that national sovereignty in the cyber realm supersedes the need to enable data flows or cooperate with trading partners on important international norms.

April 25, 2019

Countries with robust IP rights and protections must recognize that new energy, new tactics, and a new strategy are needed to encourage other nations to contribute more and detract less from global innovation.

April 1, 2019

To maximize the economic and societal benefits of data and digital technologies, policymakers should resist the “data localization” trap and focus instead on the fundamentals of ICT adoption.

Recent Events and Presentations

October 10, 2019

Nigel Cory gave a presentation at the World Trade Organization’s Public Forum on “The Moratorium and the Impact on Developing Countries.”

October 9, 2019

Nigel Cory gave a presentation at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Public Forum on “Digital Trade and Health: Data Flows and Data Governance.”

August 24, 2019

Nigel Cory gave a presentation at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Digital Trade Policy Dialogue in Puetro Varas, Chile.

August 23, 2019

Nigel Cory gave a presentation at a Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) senior officials meeting in Puetro Varas, Chile.

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.