Virtual Event: Digital Trade Caucus Panel
November 18, 2021
Speaker: Joseph Whitlock, Director, Policy, BSA, BSA | The Software Alliance
BSA's Joseph Whitlock participated in a panel on a Worker-Centric Digital Trade Policy together with speakers from AFL-CIO, the American Leadership Institute, and the Information Technology Industry Foundation.
Following comments by Digital Trade Caucus co-chairs Rep. Suzan DelBene and Rep. Darin LaHood, the panel explored elements of a “worker-centric” digital trade policy. Panelists discussed: (1) how worker-centric trade goals can be folded into a broader digital trade agreement; (2) how we can build off of historic labor and digital provisions included in the USMCA; (3) how digital provisions meant to advance human rights and consumer protections, such as privacy rules, can benefit workers; and (4) the importance of equity and inclusion in digital trade discussions (e.g. closing the digital divide, training opportunities for workers, and capacity building efforts), and what we could potentially do in trade agreements to advance those objectives.
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.