What it Means for the Digital Economy

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There has been a good deal of hype touting the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as the first “21st Century” trade pact.   Whether it lives up to this high accolade is currently under debate, both in the United States and among the 11 other TPP member states.  But in one area—E-Commerce—there is no doubt that the negotiators did agree to provisions that strongly advance liberalization of Internet trade flows and the enhancement of commerce and investment through the medium of cyberspace.    

The E-Commerce chapter consists of the following new rules and mandates (among others):

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