News Clips

November 1, 2021
“Some exciting practical use applications exist right now, but this perception of virtual reality as science fiction turns some people off before they even look at it,” says Ellysse Dick, policy analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. “It’s a huge challenge right now.”The use case most prominently on her mind is FDI. Dick is co-author of “Attracting Foreign Direct Investments Through Augmented and Virtual Reality,” a thick policy analysis released by ITIF in late August. The timing of the report is auspicious, given the crimp on professional travel that has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic. For investment promotion agencies, that has meant canceling in-person visits, events, fairs and missions, the types of events that are the bread and butter of lead generation.
October 27, 2021
However, while goals such cutting carbon emissions down by half by 2030 and reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 is necessary to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) shows a "lack of urgency" among national governments in meeting this goal.
October 25, 2021
“If apps shared user data on their own in other cities,” they would be sued for violating their own privacy policies, said Daniel Castro, vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank. “It shows how peculiar this law is.”
October 22, 2021
Check out a full transcription of this interview with ITIF Policy Analyst Ellysse Dick.
October 19, 2021
“Instead of blaming the algorithm, Congress should work with platforms to develop best practices for identifying and removing harmful content quickly and giving users the skills and tools they need to stay safe online,” Daniel Castro, vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, said in a statement.
October 18, 2021
Another potential cost to AI is the very real possibility of increased regulation and compliance in the coming years. European firms, in particular, could see AI costs increase some €31 billion ($36 billion USD) over the next five years under proposed EU regulations, according to the Centre for Data Innovation, a Washington, D.C.-based technology advocacy organization. While some may question these numbers, there is little doubt that regulations are coming, and they will drive AI costs up to some extent.
October 13, 2021
In addition to RUU PDP, Indonesia also has restrictive data localization policies that make the Internet less accessible and secure, more costly and complicated, and less innovative. A recent study on cross-border data flows by ITIF notes that over five years, Indonesia’s gross economic output dropped by 7.8 percent while experiencing lower productivity and an increase in prices due to more stringent data restrictions from 2013-2018.Specifically, for cloud service providers, data localization makes it impossible for them to employ cybersecurity best practices, such as through “sharding,” wherein data is spread over multiple data centers. This is particularly useful to SMEs who cannot afford to implement a robust security program.
October 13, 2021
The Augmented and Virtual Reality Policy Conference is organized by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the XR Association (XRA). The half-day conference will take place in the ITIF offices in Washington D.C. for in-person vaccinated registrants. The conference will also be live-streamed for remote participants.
October 11, 2021
The public sector has been slower than businesses to adapt to changing consumer habits. That’s evidenced by a recent report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, which found only 2 percent of forms on government websites fully comply with a 2018 law to transition to digital forms. That’s the definition of sludge: Adding unnecessary friction to a process that, thanks to technology, should be much easier.
October 11, 2021
Counterfeit issues have coincided with an acceleration of online usage during the pandemic as both digital and brick-and-mortar retailers bolstered their e-commerce channels, said Daniel Castro, vice president with ITIF. "We're buying more online, we're selling more online and counterfeiters are going to take advantage of it," Castro said. "As we do more and more e-commerce, these issues around counterfeiting and trust and safety will continue to come up."