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Espinel: Digital trade risks are growing

Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Digital trade is one of the tech industry's policy priorities since Trump moved to pull the U.S. out of the TPP and to renegotiate NAFTA—two trade agreements tech generally supported because they included policies allowing data to cross borders freely.

We caught up with Victoria Espinel, former White House trade and IP advisor and current head of BSA, The Software Alliance (which represents companies like Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Salesforce) just before she hopped on a plane to Tokyo and Beijing to talk about this very issue. Here are excerpts from her conversation with Axios, edited for length.