Regulating a Digital Economy
Joshua P. Meltzer
Joshua P. Meltzer
Asoke Mukherji gives a foreign policy perspective
Mudit Kapoor on pitfalls of information asymmetry
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UpFront Blog: Regulating a Digital Economy: An Indian Perspective
The world is experiencing unprecedented increases in connectivity and global data flows, much of it centred in the Asia-Pacific region. Internet access and maximising cross-border data flows is leading to increased productivity, economic growth and new opportunities for international trade. The economic opportunities from technologies such as cloud computing, big data and the internet of things are also not limited to the IT sector but are economy-wide, including in sectors such as manufacturing and agriculture. India stands to gain from going digital – with scope to create 1.5-2 million more jobs this year and to contribute to $550 billion-$1 trillion to its GDP by 2025. However, governments across Asia are adopting data localisation requirements that restrict cross-border data flows. In many cases, however, there remain ways to achieve these goals with less impact on data flows, economic growth and trade.
Speaker: Joshua P. Meltzer, Senior Fellow, Global Economy & Development, Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
Joshua’s comments at the discussion were covered in The Quint, Bloomberg, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, Business Standard, Mint, Financial Express, The Print and several other media outlets. His interview also featured in the Times of India.
- Avik Sarkar, OSD Data analytics cell, NITI Aayog
- Mudit Kapoor, Associate Professor of Economics at the Indian Statistical Institute
- Asoke Mukerji, former Indian diplomat
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Joshua P. Meltzer
Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development
Former Brookings Expert
Economic Advisory Council Member to the Prime Minister and Secretary - Government of India
Associate Professor - Indian Statistical Institute
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