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Privacy Laws/International Trade. Are privacy laws compatible with international trade? Highlights from my conversation with Nigel Cory (Shane Tews, AEI)

As countries impose new requirements on data collection and governance, the flow of consumer data between countries and business entities is becoming more restricted than ever — making it difficult for companies to ensure they are in compliance with new regulations. The ongoing challenge to keep up with regulatory changes often means building expensive new compliance tools that could potentially dismantle the business models of many data-driven global companies. What does the regulatory landscape of today’s data governance world look like, and how can businesses adapt?

Nigel Cory, associate director for trade policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), joined “Explain to Shane” to discuss how the patchwork of data regulations and privacy regimes across the globe is hampering digital trade and constructing more barriers to data retention across borders.

Below is an edited and abridged transcript of our talk. You can listen to this and other episodes of “Explain to Shane” on AEI.org and subscribe via your preferred listening platform. You can also read the full transcript of our discussion here. If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review, and tell your friends and colleagues to tune in.

Are privacy laws compatible with international trade? Highlights from my conversation with Nigel Cory | American Enterprise Institute – AEI

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TechInnovation/USA/Afghanistan. Lessons learned from the government’s failure to understand technology’s power (Shane Tews, AEI)

Taliban soldiers stand in front of protesters during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 7, 2021, via Reuters

Following the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban have reportedly seized biometrics devices left behind by the US military. Over the past 20 years, these devices collected information on Afghan citizens who assisted the US military, which was then sent to a Department of Defense (DOD) database. One of the devices, known as Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment (HIIDE), was deployed in 2016 to collect iris scans and fingerprints to enable quick identification of Afghan citizens and expand the aforementioned database of their information. The DOD also built a highly classified Automated Biometrics Identification System (ABIS), which hosted information from HIIDE and other data-collection devices.

Lessons learned from the government’s failure to understand technology’s power | American Enterprise Institute – AEI

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USA/China – Four years ago today we had a China policy (AEI)

Derek Scissors

On August 18, 2017, early in Donald Trump’s presidency, the US launched a Section 301 investigation of Chinese policies concerning intellectual property and technology. This was exactly the right thing to do. It was then transformed into something entirely different: tariffs unlinked to intellectual property violations, which was definitely not the right thing to do. Still, a policy crafted within seven months of inauguration guided the administration, from the Department of Justice’s work on trade secret theft to the United States Trade Representative’s “phase one” trade talks. It’s August 18th in the first year of the Joe Biden presidency. What’s the guiding China policy? Working with allies — toward what? President Trump wrongly emphasized the trade deficit, but President Biden hasn’t made a decision. That would guarantee failure.

Four years ago today we had a China policy | American Enterprise Institute – AEI

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USA – President Biden’s overreach on SNAP (AEI)

Angela Rachidi

This week, President Biden’s administration increased the benefit levels for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or “food stamps,” by more than 20 percent, adding up to $20 billion per year to the program. To put this into context, the total cost of SNAP was just over $20 billion in 2000 in today’s dollars, meaning this change will result in a nearly five-fold increase to SNAP within the past two decades.

President Biden’s overreach on SNAP | American Enterprise Institute – AEI

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Afghanistan/USA – Why the Afghan army folded (AEI)

Kori Schake

The United States has spent $83 billion training, equipping, and even paying Afghanistan’s security forces since 2001, a mammoth amount. As the events of the past few days make clear, despite all that assistance, Afghanistan’s military and police have proved incapable of securing the country. Many analysts of the war anticipated the government failing to withstand Taliban assaults, but were surprised by the speed of collapse, which is both a terrible tragedy for Afghanistan and a failure of American military training programs.

Why the Afghan army folded | American Enterprise Institute – AEI

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USA – Doubling Pell Grants makes sense — if Biden ditches the rest of his higher ed agenda (AEI)

Elizabeth “Beth” Akers, Frederick M. Hess

Over the last several years, the Warren-Sanders wing of the Democratic Party has succeeded at reshaping the higher education policy debate. Proposals once regarded as radical and unserious, like free college and widespread student loan forgiveness, have moved to the forefront of the national debate.

Doubling Pell Grants makes sense — if Biden ditches the rest of his higher ed agenda | American Enterprise Institute – AEI

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USA/Afghanistan – Why Joe Biden’s Afghanistan speech was a disaster (AEI)

Michael Rubin

President Joe Biden addressed the nation on the unfolding tragedy in Afghanistan. He was unrepentant. “I Do Not Regret My Decision,” he declared. His speech did little to resolve the concerns a bipartisan array of Americans have for two reasons: First, he relied on a dishonest strawman and, second, the Afghan withdrawal contradicts the reasons he cited to justify his policy.

Why Joe Biden’s Afghanistan speech was a disaster | American Enterprise Institute – AEI

 

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USA – A nation divided over unity (AEI)

Yuval Levin

In his inaugural address in January, President Joe Biden appealed repeatedly to the need to overcome American divisions. “To restore the soul and to secure the future of America,” Biden said, “requires more than words. It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: unity.” With hyperbole befitting the occasion, he concluded, “We have never, ever, ever failed in America when we have acted together.”

A nation divided over unity | American Enterprise Institute – AEI

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USA – Why don’t colleges help faculty know what woke lines shouldn’t be crossed? (AEI)

Naomi Schaefer Riley

It’s been five years since University of Chicago dean John Ellison made a splash with a letter to the school’s incoming freshmen. “Our commitment to academic freedom,” he wrote, “means that we do not support so-called trigger warnings, we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial and we do not condone the creation of intellectual safe spaces where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”

Why don’t colleges help faculty know what woke lines shouldn’t be crossed? | American Enterprise Institute – AEI

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