Keith Loken, office of the legal advisor, Dept of State; Jonathan McHale, deputy asst U.S. Trade Representative, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Jayme White, staff director, U.S. Senate
Join the District of Columbia Bar Association for a timely program focusing on China’s Restrictions on the Internet: Actionable Trade Barriers? -- which will be held Wednesday, February 15, at the DC Bar Conference Center, 1101 K. Street, NW.
It begins at noon and ends at 1:30 p.m.
The Chinese government monitors use of the Internet, censors the content of information available online, and imposes firewalls to block access by Internet users to search engines and other websites. The purpose is to control the flow of information to Chinese citizens. These practices have raised human rights concerns in the international community. At the same time, such practices have serious economic consequences, including for U.S. information technology companies in the Chinese market. It is argued that China’s practices violate the obligations that China assumed under the General Agreement on Trade Services (GATS) when China became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Invoking provisions under GATS, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently requested detailed information from the Chinese government regarding its control of the Internet. Participants will hear from officials of the executive and legislative branches and industry who will discuss China’s restrictive Internet practices, the impact those practices have on U.S. firms, and the potential WTO implications.
The faculty is Keith Loken, Office of the Legal Adviser, Department of State; Jonathan McHale, deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce Policy, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Morgan Reed, executive director, Association for Competitive Technology; and Matthew Schruers, vice president, Law and Policy, Computer & Communications Industry Association.
To register for this program visit www.dcbar.org.