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Digital technologies, such as distributed ledger technologies (also commonly referred to as blockchain), the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and 3D printing, have a profound impact on everyday life, including the way we trade. This page draws together publications, events and courses that explore the trade implications of digital technologies and how governments can leverage the opportunities provided by these technologies while mitigating risks.

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Online course: Introduction to Blockchain for Trade

This online course was jointly developed by the International Trade Centre and the WTO. Freely accessible through the ITC SME Trade Academy and WTO E-learning platform, the course is aimed at both technical and non-technical participants. It consists of four modules: (1) why blockchain; (2) what is blockchain technology; (3) how can blockchain be used in international trade?; (4) implementing blockchain for trade.

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