E-commerce platforms have radically reorganized economic activity, given rise to new structures of intermediation and changed the conception of global trade altogether. And yet structural inequities in opportunities and access between actors in developed and developing nations continue to persist. The possibilities for the Internet to be the equalizer of digital trade stands heavily contested. This policy brief touches upon some of these issues and their implications for actors in developing nations and offers recommendations. This brief draws from IT for Change’s long standing engagement with the political economy of the digital and from more recent work undertaken as part of our global research project, Policy Frameworks for Digital Platforms- Moving from Openness to Inclusion.
This output was developed as part of IT for Change's advocacy efforts for the UNCTAD E-commerce Week 2018, Geneva.
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