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The Digital Opportunity: Democratizing Trade for the 99 Percent

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on May 06, 2015 at 5:35 PM

Originally published on PPI's Policy Brief by Edwin Gerwin on May 5, 2015.

Trade critics often charge that proposed trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) essentially serve the one percent—while harming virtually everyone else. But new trade pacts actually present a significant opportunity to drive more inclusive trade—especially by supporting the revolution in digitally enabled global commerce.

In this policy brief, we explain why it is critical for America to lead in writing modern trade rules that promote the free flow of data and open digital commerce. And we highlight some of the many ways in which the 99 percent—from entrepreneurs and small businesses to consumers and communities—benefit from “democratized” trade in a global digital economy that is both open and fair.

Read more and download the report here: http://www.progressivepolicy.org/issues/economy/the-digital-opportunity-democratizing-trade-for-the-99-percent/