Report Calls for Scaling Up Europe’s Digital Single Market Strategy

    Apr 13, 2016

    The Atlantic Council, an international affairs think tank based in Washington, DC, released a report on April 6 that provides 20 recommendations for creating a transatlantic digital single market, encouraging trust in the digital space and preserving the Internet as a global public good. 

    The report calls for a scaling up of Europe’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy to a transatlantic level to ensure growth and innovation. It notes that digital trade will undergo a significant revamp as a result of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).

    Recommendations include creating an EU-U.S. Digital Council to shape interoperable policies in the digital space; establishing new digital trade rules in the context of the TTIP negotiations; reviewing the building blocks for EU-U.S. information communication technology regulatory cooperation; creating incentives for the emergence of a cradle of digital innovation, which is already a top objective of the European Commission; establishing joint leadership in global Internet governance; and launching a joint effort to restore trust and ensure transatlantic data protection and privacy. 

    To develop the report, the Atlantic Council developed a task force comprised of former government leaders and digital experts and policy leaders from the tech industry, start-ups, think tanks, and academia.

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