News Clips

March 10, 2022
We need massive support for research and development, the predicate for technological advancement. Robert Atkinson of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, who has thought deeply about new strategies to make the U.S. more competitive, notes that 60 years ago, we led the world in government investment in research and development, but have become a laggard since then.We should avoid shooting ourselves in the foot on anti-trust grounds. Atkinson points out that when NXP, a Dutch semiconductor company, bought a U.S. maker called Freestyle, the Federal Trade Commission required NXP to divest an important part of its operation ultimately to a Chinese company as a condition of the merger. Our regulators shouldn’t be doing China’s work for it.We should temper our enthusiasm for tearing apart Big Tech. Atkinson notes that these firms, increasingly out of favor on the left and the right, invested 86 percent more in R&D in 2019 than the Chinese government did.
March 9, 2022
The witnesses at Wednesday’s hearing will be:Rena M. Conti, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Markets, Public Policy and Law, Questrom School of Business, Boston University, Boston MADouglas Holtz-Eakin, Ph.D., President, American Action Forum, Washington, DCStephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington, DCSteffany Stern, M.P.P., Vice President, Advocacy, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minneapolis, MN
March 9, 2022
The Science of Where Magazine meets Robert D. Atkinson , founder and president of the ITIF | Information Technology and Innovation Foundation , the world's leading think tank for science and technology policy. He is an internationally recognized scholar, a widely published author, and a trusted adviser to policymakers, with expertise in the broad economics of innovation.
March 7, 2022
The final U.S. competition bill will be the first major technology bill in more than 30 years since the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, said Rob Atkinson, founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Congress has long neglected investment in U.S. science and technology innovation, he said.
March 3, 2022
“I think it’s safe to say that ‘digital twinning’ as a tool is becoming more widespread in the smart city space,” said Eric Egan, a policy fellow in e-government at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
March 2, 2022
Biden was likely referring to federal research funding, which has fallen below 2%, according to an analysis of federal R&D funding by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. 
March 1, 2022
Though very little actual policy has been produced, there have been some notable beginnings. A 2019 EU policy document from the Center for Data Innovationposited that “Trustworthy AI” should be lawful, ethical and technically resilient, and spelled out the requirements to meet those objectives: human oversight, technical robustness, privacy and data governance, transparency, fairness, well-being, and accountability. This has since been codified into proposed legislation.
March 1, 2022
A new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technology policy, calls on policymakers to take steps to mitigate potential harms while these technologies are still in their beginning stages and work with developers to balance user safety, privacy, and free expression.
February 28, 2022
These are not minor expenses either. A recent study conducted by ITIFshowed that over a 10-year period, compliance with these kinds of measures is projected to cost our economy over $1 trillion, more than $200 billion of which would be borne by small businesses. That’s a lot of money going to lawyers that could instead be spent creating jobs, investing in research and development, and ramping up American manufacturing to bolster our competitiveness.
February 25, 2022
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) this week released a report titled “A Worker-Centric Trade Agenda Needs to Focus on Competitiveness, Including Robust IP Protections.” The ITIF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute that focuses on technological innovation and public policy.