The Global Empowerment Network: Opportunities and Challenges as Technology Opens Global Trade to Everyone

The Global Empowerment Network: Opportunities and Challenges as Technology Opens Global Trade to Everyone

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | King Hall Room 1002 | Open to the Public

Brian Bieron | Head of EBAY Public Policy Lab

Technology, the Internet in particular, is revolutionizing global trade opportunities, especially for small and micro-businesses. This is an exciting phenomenon, but to make the most of its potential, policymakers must address the barriers that currently inhibit this new type of trade. These barriers come both in the form of “new issues” like intellectual property on the Internet and “classical issues” like customs and shipping.

Drawing directly from experiences with eBay and Paypal, but extrapolating to the larger Internet Economy, this talk will consider the current legal framework governing global Internet enabled trade and challenge students to think about how to adapt the legal framework to meet the growing needs of the global Internet Economy.

Co-sponsored by the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy.