May 18, 2016
8:00 – 11:45 a.m. ET
Bipartisan Policy Center
What is the issue? Today’s global economy is increasingly driven by digital technology and associated services. From big data analytics and cloud services to the emergence of the Internet of Things, the digital economy has the potential to add an additional $1 trillion to global growth by 2020.
Achieving this goal depends not only on continued innovation, but also ensuring that the online world remains safe, secure, and uninhibited. Intellectual property theft, unclear or contradictory international data regulations, and restrictive national Internet policies all impede the growth of the global digital marketplace. Identity theft, online organized crime, and nation-state backed cyber attacks, make the digital world more dangerous and extremely costly to businesses and consumers.
Prosperity and security are two sides of the same digital coin. Yet a gap between industry and government persists: in understanding, in language, and in dialogue.
Now is the time we must come together as leaders—in policy, in technology, in business, and in government—to break down the growing divisions, embrace the mutually dependent goals of fostering growth, mitigating risks, and protecting America’s economic assets; to have the difficult conversations; and to move towards actionable solutions.
To overcome these differences, the Mike Rogers Center for Intelligence and Global Affairs and the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted The Global Digital Challenge Initiative.
The initiative brought together leaders in the policy, business, and technology communities to discuss critical issues facing the United States and the global digital economy. It offered participants a unique opportunity to engage with peers and counterparts, hear from leaders in industry and government, and network during a forum designed to begin working towards alignment of interests.