Digital Empires: A Conversation with Anu Bradford

Audio of this conversation is available via your favorite podcast service. There is a term you’ve likely heard on the Tech Policy Press podcast in the past: the Brussels Effect. The term is meant to describe the European Union’s outsized influence on global markets through its regulations. You may not know that the term was first coined by Anu Bradford, a professor at Columbia Law School. She wrote a book about it called The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World. Now, she has a new book, just out from Oxford University Press, called Digital Empires: The Global Battle to Regulate Technology The book describes the geopolitical competition to establish digital governance models between the US, the EU, and China. I had the opportunity to speak to Bradford about the book, and why she thinks the US government, by failing to regulate its tech companies, may ultimately imperil not only the US model but internet freedom more broadly. What follows is a lightly edited transcript of the discussion. Anu Bradford:  So my name is Anu Bradford. I’m a professor at Columbia Law School in New York, and I’m the author of the newly released book, Digital Empires, The Global Battle to Regulate Technology.  Justin Hendrix:  This book came to me as a review copy, which landed with a thud. It is a pretty hefty tome. How long have you been working on this?  Anu Bradford:  So it took me around two years to write. I was reading pretty purposefully towards writing something about a year before that, but the writing itself was maybe…Digital Empires: A Conversation with Anu Bradford