News Clips

October 7, 2021
I don’t think it’s going to change perceptions too much. Those who thought Facebook was not doing enough to protect democracy, stop the spread of misinformation or stop bullying will continue to think so and will have more ammunition to make that argument. We know that bad things are happening online. The question is, well, what do you do about it? And that’s where I think the debate is going to move. Some of that will be calls for more regulation and oversight. Some of it might be going after the company through antitrust laws, data protection laws or proposals around child safety. We may also see more research on how to actually stop the spread of such information online. These are really hard questions that I don’t think one company alone is going to be able to answer. 
October 6, 2021
“The prevailing narrative of accelerating job loss due to new technology is just a myth”—Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
October 5, 2021
"Many places are in exactly the same boat as Milwaukee — they're doing interesting things, they're trying hard, they've got programs," said Robert Atkinson, president and CEO of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, D.C., think tank. "Everybody's competing for a limited piece of the pie. There's too much competition, nobody can really break out and you can't get sustained advantage."
September 29, 2021
“It is critical for U.S. negotiators to vigorously defend U.S. economic interests in the TTC,” the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation said in a statement. “They should not gloss over real differences in privacy rules, AI regulation, antitrust regulation, digital taxation, content moderation, and others.”
September 29, 2021
It’s 2021, not 1991, yet many federal government forms are still stuck in the analog era, according to a recent report. The reliance on paper forms has only grown starker amid the coronavirus pandemic, when some government offices were shuttered for long periods, nixing in-person interactions. According to a recent report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a technology policy think tank, many government forms are not fully compliant with the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA), a law passed in 2018 that required agencies to transition from paper forms to accessible, mobile-friendly, web-based forms within two years.
September 28, 2021
According to Daniel Castro, vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, one of the main issues with stricter privacy regulations is having no centralized rules for states to follow. “Probably the biggest problem is states setting up a set of contradictory overlapping rules across the country,” Castro said. “This creates a serious cost on organizations and businesses. They can abide by 50 state privacy laws, but there could be different regulations across local jurisdictions.” One example of a hurdle for organizations and businesses is local jurisdictions creating specific rules for facial recognition and biometric technology. “Let’s say a company starts selling a smart doorbell service; because of these rules, this service might not be able to be legally sold in one jurisdiction,” Castro said. 
September 28, 2021
“The headline is that this is a historic investment—a once in a generation investment—in our broadband networks,” said Doug Brake, director of broadband and spectrum policy at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a think tank. (The foundation lists a trade association for broadband companies, and broadband providers themselves, as donors.)
September 28, 2021
Paiva recognized that women represented around 12% of all US patent holders in 2019 (inductees must hold patents). Black, Asian, Hispanic and Indigenous inventors make up a combined 8% of patent holders, according to a 2016 study from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
September 27, 2021
And research by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has focused on the potential of developing floating offshore wind farms. The technology is similar to that used to support deep-water oil-drilling platforms.
September 23, 2021
Several tech trade groups in Washington said the industry does not want the European approach to digital regulation to be adopted in the United States."The risk is that the European side will press the United States to harmonize its regulations with the EU by taking a precautionary approach... which would skewer America's leading tech companies," said Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a tech think tank based in Washington. "We shouldn't do that, nor do we need to. Our interests are broadly aligned and compatible, particularly when it comes to China," Atkinson said.