The Data Catalyst Institute partners with experts around the world to release empirical analysis, topical research, and expert evaluation of data-related policies and proposals.

April 2021

Coming to America: Reopening the United States to International Students

This paper reviews current U.S. government restrictions on international students, the resulting educational, economic, and societal effects, and what actions can be taken to reverse the situation.

February 2021

Message in a Model: Stricter Data Regulation Hurts Small Publishers and Advertisers

This technical report models the effects of stricter data regulation rules on publishers and advertisers of various sizes interacting in a network.

January 2021

Shocking the System: The Economic Impact of Software Developer Kits

This technical report analyzes the economic value of software developer kit (SDK) releases and demonstrates their effects on the creation of new apps, phone sales, early-stage venture investment, and tech industry hiring.

June 2020

Border Control: The Rise of Data Nationalism

This paper details, breaks down, and analyzes worldwide trends surrounding the rise of data nationalism — defined loosely as the effort by nation-states to ensure control over data for a range of normative and security-based reasons.

June 2020

Gettin’ Paid: Pros and Cons of Data Dividends

The value of data is contextual and determined by how it is being used; at different stages in its production cycle, it has varying degrees of economic utility. Furthermore it is often unclear who “owns” data, and what rights and responsibilities that comes with, as data is often co-created by multiple parties as part of…

January 2020

Say It Ain’t So: GDPR Data Regulation Hurts EU Economic Growth

Does government regulation of data measurably affect the economy? This technical report examines the consequences of GDPR for investment in new EU tech startups, concluding its effects are broadly negative.

December 2019

Data Borders: Unintended Consequences of Localization Policies

Data localization, storing data within the borders of a country where it was generated, may enable those countries to benefit from their “data assets.”

December 2019

Backseat Driver: Privacy Implications of Connected Vehicles

Today’s U.S. mass-market cars are increasingly “smart,” with on-board wireless data connectivity that provides a range of services.

November 2019

Mission Critical: Are Tech Platforms Critical Infrastructure?

This paper argues that large technology platforms may qualify as critical infrastructure. Assuming this is the case, the author reviews reasonable industry “good practices” for such companies working with the government to formalize this status.

November 2019

Digital Tightrope: Balancing Innovation and Consumer Protection in the Data-Driven Economy

As the recognition of the value of data in the global economy has steadily risen, so has public interest in how data is owned, transferred, and utilized. This paper explores the delicate regulatory balance between protecting consumer welfare and supporting digital innovation.

October 2019

Pipe Dream: Challenges With Data Portability in India

Proposed legislation in India would grant people a “right to data portability” (RDP), allowing them to retrieve their personal data from data controllers and transfer it to others. This paper analyzes the legally nuanced pros and cons of RDP to determine if it has a net benefit.

September 2019

It’s A Matter of Trust: Exploring Data Fiduciaries in India

An active debate about regulations governing data privacy and data protection that the rest of the world should pay attention to is taking place in India. This paper explores part of that debate — the concept of treating data platforms as ‘fiduciaries’ within the context of Indian law.

September 2019

Let It Flow: Effects of Data Localization Regulations on Small Businesses

How might “data localization” regulations — restrictions on data flow across international borders — affect small business success? This research paper analyzes the challenges and opportunities facing small businesses in India due to such regulation.

September 2019

Data Minors: Challenges With Digital Age Verification

To minimize online risks to children, age-verification systems should be deployed on digital platforms. Our new paper shows all such systems have both pros and cons, and operate differently on different types of platforms and in different countries.

August 2019

An Overview of Data Governance in the Biomedical Economy

How do we develop new tools for governing the massive transformation and expansion of the digital economy? Our white paper explores how the concept of fiduciaries in the medical community might be applied to digital businesses and platforms.

June 2019

Seven Costs of Data Regulation Uncertainty

A patchwork of data protection and privacy regulations across the globe creates uncertainty and innumerable costs for businesses.

January 2019

Storm on the Horizon: How the U.S. CLOUD Act May Interact with Foreign Access to Evidence and Data Localization Laws

The U.S. Clarifying Legal Overseas Use of Data Act also known as the CLOUD Act, was enacted in March 2018…

November 2018

Los Datos como Factores de Eficiencia Económica

El Reglamento General de Protección de Datos (RGPD) entró en vigencia el 25 de mayo de 2018. La regulación busca proteger los datos “desde el diseño y por defecto”, por lo que las empresas deben manejar los datos de acuerdo con un conjunto de principios.

November 2018

Data as a Driver of Economic Efficiency

GDPR became enforceable on May 25, 2018. The regulation aims to protect data by ‘design and default,’ whereby firms must handle data according to a set of principles.

October 2018

GDPR and the Privacy Shake-Up

Time to abandon zero-sum models and shift to positive-sum thinking

October 2018

Acceso a Los Datos,Desafios y Potentcial

Actualmente, muchos países están discutiendo la forma en la cual los datos pueden generar valor público y privado.

October 2018

GDPR and the Privacy Shake-Up(ES)

Con la fecha de implementación de la GDPR acercándose rápidamente, está claro que esta nueva regulación europea de privacidad ha estado sacudiendo a los negocios…

October 2018

Data Protection Law: How It All Got Started

As data professionals, we tend to get trapped in the vicious cycle of “what comes next” and often do not take the time to understand the past.

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