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Published on
March 15, 2021

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On the occasion of the World Economic Forum Global Technology Governance Summit, the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network and the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry of Japan hosted a Virtual Conference on Governance Innovation for Cross-border Data Flows. The conference took place on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 12pm - 3pm UTC.

Invitees from governments, private sector, international organizations, civil society, and academia participated in an international multistakeholder consultation on new governance models and tools for the future of cross-border data flows. 

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The agenda of the Conference can be accessed here:

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The virtual conference marked the release of two keystone reports:

- “We Need to Talk About Data: Framing the Debate Around the Free Flow of Data and Data Sovereignty”, from the  Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network

- “Governance Innovation Version 2”, from the Japanese Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry

The event provided an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the findings of these reports, addressing the need for innovative governance approaches to enable the cross-border data flows critical for digital transformation, economic growth, and well-being for all. It stimulated a holistic discussion on emerging approaches and engaged key global actors in a much-needed multistakeholder, and cross-sectoral debate that fed into follow-up activities of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network on the future of cross-border data flows.