The purpose of this conference is to frame an international dialogue on corporate
strategy and public policy in the common construction of the digital economy. Until
recently, American firms have led in the creation of the enabling technologies for digital
networks and e-commerce applications, thereby setting the terms of global competition and
the accompanying policy agenda. Now, both market and policy leadership are challenged as
new technologies and uses, and new approaches to cyber-governance, emerge abroad. Are we
witnessing convergence on a common model, or will the architecture of the digital economy
evolve along different national or regional trajectories? This program will explore the
range of those international differences and assess their implications for business
strategy and government policy.
Session I explores whether there are significant differences emerging in digital
networks among OECD countries, and how they might generate different regional and national
patterns of economic activity. A key question is whether those differences will have
competitive implications for trade relations between the U.S. and other parts of the
world. The session looks across national borders and sectors to explore differences in
enabling technologies, infrastructure provision and e-commerce applications.
Session II considers the most important legal and regulatory issues raised by the
emerging digital economy, areas of domestic and international conflict over these issues,
and how to best avoid the emergence of rival national E-conomies with conflicting
standards. Each national or regional e-conomy must establish rules to construct its
digital marketplace; involving issues such a intellectual property rights, protection of
privacy, security, competition and taxation. At the same time, the multitude of E-conomies
must be interconnected, whether through common harmonized rules, compatible standards, or
some combination thereof.
Sponsored by The University of California E-conomy Project, this conference will
add an international dimension to the May 25-26 conference on "Understanding the Digital Economy,"
sponsored by the U.S. Government Working Group on Electronic Commerce, the National
Economic Council, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Commerce
and the National Science Foundation. The two events are scheduled to encourage joint
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