Policy - Forced Localization
Technological innovation has driven growth and revolutionized all economic sectors, creating unimagined goods and services and offering new opportunities for companies large and small. In response to the rapid and profound changes brought about by technology, some governments have implemented forced localization policies—essentially, policies that require part or all of companies’ business operations to take place within their borders—in an effort to promote economic growth, advance privacy and security, or protect local firms and industries. Such policies are misguided, however; they impose significant negative impacts on economies by increasing the costs of doing business, diverting trade and investment, distorting markets, undermining security, and discouraging innovation. ITI leads efforts to inform and engage governments around the world on the dangers of forced localization policies, while working with them to implement more effective options for achieving their public policy objectives.
Our Forced Localization Blog Series goes in depth to educate and address various forms of forced localization.
To see how ITI is engaging on forced localization issues around the globe, see ITI’s Country Strategy Briefs.
For an introduction to data flows and their importance to the global economy and society, see the ITI Decodes Data Flows Video
ITI Public Comments on Trade Violations and Abuses (August 01, 2017)
ITI's July 31, 2017, comments to the Trump Administration for its "Report to the President on Trade Agreement Violations and Abuses." ITI urged top trade officials to focus on technology-related trade ...
ITI Comments on Trade Deficits May 2017 (May 12, 2017)
ITI's comments submitted on May 11, 2017, for the “Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits” prompted by President Donald Trump signing an executive order in March, 2017, directing his administration ...
G20 Digital Economy Outcomes - Avoiding the Elephant in the Room (April 20, 2017)
Since it first addressed information and communication technology issues in 2015 (see paragraph 26 in the 2015 Leaders Communiqué), the G20 forum has become a critically important setting for the world’s ...
Tech Wins in the 114th Congress (December 21, 2016)
The conventional wisdom in Washington always holds to not expect much from divided government, and those expectations only lower heading into a presidential election year because hyper-partisanship can ...
Using International Fora to Address Forced Localization (October 28, 2016)
As we have described in our blog series, the complex challenge of forced localization requires thoughtful, tailored solutions at both the domestic and international levels. ITI and our partners DIGITALEUROPE ...
Security for the 21st Century Economy: Borders Hold Less Meaning – and That’s a Good Thing (August 17, 2016)
Regulators around the world are confronting the challenge of securing our increasingly connected societies and economies. The EU and China will both soon release major cybersecurity regulations and many ...
The Myth of Data Localization in the Name of Privacy Protection (August 17, 2016)
Today, companies, individuals, governments, and institutions can instantaneously transfer information from one end of the globe to the other. Indeed, data transfers underpin the global economy, drive communications ...
Tech Industry Urges US Trade Commission to Enable Digital Trade in NAFTA Modernization (June 27, 2017)
WASHINGTON – Today, ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, released the following testimony delivered by ITI Director of Global Policy Ashley Friedman before a hearing of the U.S. International Trade ...
ITI Outlines Tech Sector’s Trade Priorities to US Trade Representative Lighthizer (May 16, 2017)
WASHINGTON — ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, today released a letter it sent to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer congratulating him on his Senate confirmation and urging him ...
ITI Urges Trump Administration to Prioritize Trade Barriers over Trade Deficits (May 12, 2017)
WASHINGTON – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, released its response for the “Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits” after President Donald Trump signed an executive order in March directing ...
Tech Reacts to Trump Decisions on TPP and NAFTA Trade Agreements (January 23, 2017)
WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector representing nearly sixty of the world’s leading technology companies, released the following statement ...
Internet and Technology Industries Call For Strong Digital Trade Provisions As TiSA Negotiations Intensify (October 17, 2016)
WASHINGTON–Today, the Internet Association, along with ACT | The App Association, BSA | The Software Alliance, Computer and Communications Industry Association, Consumer Technology Association, Internet ...