Globalization

Globalization has led to great disruption across the globe.  Industries have been decimated by cheaper foreign imports.  Services from call centers to tax preparation, from legal advice to technology consulting are outsourced from lower cost bidders.

At borders, with the proliferation of asylum seekers, economic migrants and environmental disaster victims there is more and more need for technologies.  Disruptive technologies including biometrics, DNA, drones, thermal imaging, protective fencing have all been deployed to better regularize the flow of migrants.  

Globalization has been a many-edged sword.  There have been winners and there have been losers.  Sometimes regions, peoples and corporations have been both at different times.  Jobs, technology and capital move around the globe without limits courtesy of the removal of trade barriers.  

Trade agreements, multilateral, regional, and bilateral – have all laid the foundations for a global trade regime.  The trouble is, these trade talks are slow and there are many obstacles to achieving a new set of agreements – ones that reflect competition law, cyber security, cryptocurrencies, sustainable development, environmental and labor protections and other pressing issues that require transnational solutions and national action.  

Proyecto ACCESO has long documented the vagaries of globalization and provided thought leadership and training for human capacity building to address these changes. Proyecto ACCESO works with governments, non-governmental organizations, indigenous communities, and international organizations to strengthen the rule of law through leapfrog technology.