The Future of Digital Trade in a "Post-PRISM" World

July 19, 2013

Washington, D.C. (July 19, 2013) - The recent revelations that the United States (and some other countries) are engaging in widespread clandestine surveillance of digital communications challenges many prior assumptions about the privacy and security of electronic data. These national security efforts will likely have a substantial impact on the ability of the U.S. government and the tech sector to fight back against anti-competitive policies that impede the global free flow of information, while potentially legitimizing countries who wish to engage in such practices.

On July 24, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) will host a panel discussion, "The Impact of PRISM on Digital Trade," featuring Ambassador Philip Verveer, the former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy. It will explore both the short-term and long-term impacts of PRISM on digital trade issues and how policymakers should respond to protect both U.S. economic interests and free trade in digital goods and services. The event will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM at ITIF, 1101 K Street, NW, suite 610A.

"PRISM has received significant and warranted attention for its impact on privacy, civil liberties and national security," notes Daniel Castro, Senior Analyst with ITIF and moderator of the event. "However, its effect on the free flow of digital goods and services may also have lasting consequences for U.S. companies and the overall economy."

The panel will also feature Jake Colvin, Vice President for Global Trade Issues at the National Foreign Trade Council and Joshua Meltzer, a Global Economy and Development Fellow at the Brookings Institution. The event is free and open to the public. 

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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at