The health of the digital tech economy is inextricably linked to the health of the U.S. economy. According to a newly released Brookings Institute study, 61% of all U.S. exports were digitally delivered, and international digital trade was responsible for adding 2.4 million jobs. A McKinsey Report estimated that improved use of data could generate as much as $5 trillion in additional economic value each year in seven industries alone — education, transportation, consumer products, electricity, oil and gas, healthcare, and consumer finance. But the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) insistence on law enforcement overreach could jeopardize the U.S. share of the digital economy.
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