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Global Free Flow of Information

The Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force
is examining issues related to the global free flow of information on the Internet, specifically policies that restrict information flows on the Internet. The Task Force is examining why these restrictions have been instituted; what, if any, impact they have had on innovation, economic development, global trade and
investment; and how best to address negative impacts.

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Measuring Cross-Border Data Flows: Unmet Data Needs Roundtable

April 25, 2016

As part of the Digital Economy Agenda, the Department of Commerce is working to identify data gaps in measuring the importance of cross-border data flows and the economic impact of restrictions to the free-flow of data. Through this Notice, we announce a roundtable to facilitate a discussion with stakeholders and experts as a first step in improving the Department's understanding of those data gaps and related economic questions. The roundtable will be held on May 9, 2016, from 8:30 a.m.

Remarks at U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Global Flow of Information on the Internet

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be here for your discussion earlier, but I look forward to hearing what you came up with.

As you know, I’ve been nominated by President Obama to be the next ambassador to China.

But even from across the globe, I want to remain up-to-speed on your thoughts on how to maintain a free flow of online commerce worldwide. And I want to do what I can, wherever my office may be, to ensure electronic information moves as freely as possible from country to country.

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