- Describes the global trend toward data localization—policies that require data to be stored within national borders and often impede cross-border flows.
- Explains the digital divide between authoritarian regimes’ use of data localization as a key means of information and political control, and more nascent efforts at a democratic alternative.
- Argues that a U.S. data privacy and security framework is needed to counter the rising authoritarian model that is fostering a global splinternet and debilitating democratic values across the globe.
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About the author:
Dr. Andrea Little Limbago is the Chief Social Scientist at Virtru. She is an NSI Senior Fellow and also serves as NSI’s Associate Director of Emerging Technologies.