Policymakers around the world are grappling with daunting challenges for securing data (digital information) and addressing a host of issues raised by cross-border data flows. Addressing these issues at the global level is made harder by the fact that there is tremendous debate and uncertainty over the way in which governments should interact with the private sector, other governments, and international institutions and forums in discussing how to piece together their data policies, standards, and laws in order to form a framework for data governance.

The Howard Baker Forum and New America have partnered to host a series of roundtables that will work to develop a framework and examine various pathways for the establishment of a global data governance system.

Following the first expert roundtable, New America issued the following report that captures the main takeaways from that discussion by setting out the debates that underpin the key issues.