SHOULD DATA HAVE BORDERS IN DIGITAL ECONOMY?
Tags: #Data #Digital Economy #Customs for Data #International Data Sharing #Data Supply Chain #Data as a person
I have been an international traveler for nearly 20 odd years. At the airport - long queues, friendly security staff with smiles, gift shops, bars, lounges to rest, beautiful restaurants, and magnanimous architecture embrace my attention quite often. Off the airport – the taxis that take me to my destinations, the hotels that I live in, the work places that I go to – quite common in their nature. The concept of flashing a badge, license or a passport to prove my identity, always has taken priority wherever I was. It always made me feel secure, irrespective of the time I waited.
When I bring physical goods, like electronics, books, machines and/or money above a certain limit, consumables like cigarettes, food and/or dairy items, I would have always been questioned by a customs officer who would verify if these things are harmful to national security, violate any patents within the country and/or take away jobs from the country. However, when someone sends a file from one country to another country through a Digital Media, either violating the patents in the target country or give instructions to assemble weapons that could harm national security, the borders tend to face a challenge in detection of such digital transactions.
While the internet, under the freedom of speech act of multiple nations, has encouraged people to collaborate with each other without the limitation of borders, it is important to solve challenges faced by governments on international data transfer. Alphabets get retold. Thinking of a hypothetical situation, when the creators of internet and social channels, created the Digital economy, perhaps, they only looked at the brighter side of Global Collaboration and might not have envisioned the need for a Digital Data Customs Officer. For governments, where borders only make people feel safer, there is a need for a Digital Data Customs Officer validating every document that is sent over the internet across borders. A Digital Customs Officer could be an automated agent that can have Artificial Intelligence inbuilt into that. It gains knowledge by the day, depending on circumstances that it goes through. There is a need for a better governance regulating International Data Transfer. There is a need for localization of content by country. There is a need for treating Data as a Person, with every unique Data element having its own unique identifier. There is a need for Voice enabled Data Summarization tools that can speak for data on the data. There is a need for data to be un-encrypted while crossing the borders, however, data tunnels carrying them must be made . There is a need for countries to collaborate digitally on data transfers. There is a need for this world to be a better place to live.