The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) serves a critical role. For many years, it has provided sound advice and “evidence-based policy analysis” to help developing countries craft policies that promote growth and social inclusion, including thorough reports on data protection and the information economy. However, UNCTAD took a wrong turn in its recent Trade and Development Report 2018, titled Power, Platforms, and the Free Trade Delusion. Departing from its mission — and contradicting its own previous conclusions — this paper has substituted ideological rhetoric for evidence-based and rigorously researched advice.
The truth about the digital economy is very different. Download Access Partnership’s white paper to find out how.