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Mission, Money, and Process Makeover: How Federal Procurement Can Catalyze Clean Energy Investment and Innovation

Mission, Money, and Process Makeover: How Federal Procurement Can Catalyze Clean Energy Investment and Innovation

Using federal procurement to advance sustainable energy goals has had only limited success in the past. To break the pattern, the White House needs a plan that aligns with agency missions, is adequately funded, and fixes perverse budget and procurement rules.

Maintaining a Light-Touch Approach to Data Protection in the United States

Maintaining a Light-Touch Approach to Data Protection in the United States

Data privacy regulations impose significant costs on businesses and the economy. Effective, targeted federal legislation would address actual privacy harms while reducing costs that hinder productivity and innovation.

Hi-Tech Diversity Is a Societal Goal, Not an Industry Scandal

Hi-Tech Diversity Is a Societal Goal, Not an Industry Scandal

“Defending Digital” Series, No. 8: Every industry and every profession has faced the challenge of developing a workforce that looks more like America itself. A steady flow of talent from leading universities remains the key to overcoming long-standing barriers and stereotypes.

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US AI Policy Report Card

US AI Policy Report Card

The 117th Congress was the most AI-focused congressional session in history with 130 AI bills proposed, so it is a good moment to take stock of U.S. AI policy accomplishments to date and identify areas where there is room for continued progress.

How Japan Squandered Its Biopharmaceutical Competitiveness: A Cautionary Tale

How Japan Squandered Its Biopharmaceutical Competitiveness: A Cautionary Tale

Stringent drug price controls have significantly hampered the competitive and innovative capacity of Japan’s biopharmaceutical industry in recent decades, serving as a warning for U.S. policymakers considering introducing Medicare Part D drug price controls in 2022.

Apples vs. Oranges: Why Providing Broadband in the United States Costs More Than in Europe

Apples vs. Oranges: Why Providing Broadband in the United States Costs More Than in Europe

Comparisons between U.S. and European broadband prices abound, but their respective markets are built on such entirely different cost structures as to make any comparison between the two meaningless without accounting for the differences in necessary expenditures.

The Hamilton Index: Assessing National Performance in the Competition for Advanced Industries

The Hamilton Index: Assessing National Performance in the Competition for Advanced Industries

Compared to major competitors, U.S. output in key advanced industries is weak and declining. Congress and the administration should launch an economic “moon shot” initiative committing to increase the concentration of these industries in the U.S. economy by at least 20 percentage points relative to the global average within a decade.

Is the United States Really One of the Most Competitive Economies in the World? No.

Is the United States Really One
    of the Most Competitive Economies
    in the World? No.

The United States has consistently ranked near the top of international competitiveness rankings. But these reports are largely meaningless in measuring actual international competitiveness, providing policymakers a false sense of optimism about America’s position.

Industry-University Partnerships to Create AI Universities: A Model to Spur U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness in AI

Industry-University Partnerships to Create AI Universities: A Model to Spur U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness in AI

A collaboration between the University of Florida and NVIDIA provides five lessons for effective industry-university partnerships.

The North American Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index

The North American Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index

The North American innovation ecosystem is increasingly diverse. In collaboration with Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Fundación IDEA, and the Bay Area Economic Council Institute, ITIF compiled this index to identify economic differences among states and provinces and highlight regions needing more federal attention, identify cross-national innovation performance, and track the continent’s overall competitiveness in the innovation-driven global economy.

Spectrum Sharing: Holy Grail or False Hope?

Spectrum Sharing: Holy Grail or False Hope?

To some, spectrum sharing is an innovative necessity. To others, it is a recipe for wasting valuable bandwidth. The truth is more nuanced. The spectrum-sharing landscape is marked with promising ideas and technologies that require further investment to be generalizable solutions.

No One Talks About Too Much Automation Anymore

No One Talks About Too Much Automation Anymore

“Defending Digital” Series, No. 7: Remember all those breathless warnings that artificial intelligence would soon eliminate a wide range of “routine” jobs? So far, pretty much the opposite has occurred. Given today’s widespread worker shortages, corrosive inflation, and vast societal challenges, America clearly needs all the automation it can get.

The Revised (But Uncorrected) Version of the Klobuchar Bill

The Revised (But Uncorrected)
    Version of the Klobuchar Bill

The revised version of the Klobuchar bill (S.2992), aimed at prohibiting a few large tech companies from self-preferencing their services and forcing them to grant their rivals access to vital proprietary assets, fails to correct the critical deficiencies of the bill’s original version. This report provides a legal analysis of the new, yet uncorrected, pitfalls of the Klobuchar bill.

Best Practices to Combat Online Sale of Counterfeits in the EU and US

Best Practices to Combat Online Sale of Counterfeits in the EU and US

As policymakers worldwide explore new anti-counterfeiting measures in their regions, a consensus is emerging in the United States and the EU on best practices for e-commerce platforms to combat online sales of counterfeit goods.

Clean and Just: Electric Vehicle Innovation to Accelerate More Equitable Early Adoption

Clean and Just: Electric Vehicle Innovation to Accelerate More Equitable Early Adoption

Rapid adoption of electric vehicles by low-income and disadvantaged populations is necessary for decarbonization. Innovative products and business models are emerging that accelerate such adoption. Supportive policies should extend these innovations and amplify their benefits.

The Power of Big Tech Peaked During the Pandemic; Disruptive Forces Are on the Rise

The Power of Big Tech Peaked  During the Pandemic; Disruptive  Forces Are on the Rise

“Defending Digital Series,” No. 6: Big Tech was essential in getting America through the Covid19 pandemic, but during the 2020s and ‘30s, technological, competitive, and societal shifts can be expected to rein in the influence of today’s digital leaders, as consumer markets mature, and as other national and international priorities take center stage.

Federal IT Modernization Needs a Strategy and More Money

Federal IT Modernization Needs a Strategy and More Money

Despite a plethora of legislation, executive mandates, and other policy guidance to modernize aging federal IT infrastructure, agencies still need access to dedicated IT funding channels with more money and an overarching IT strategy to help guide them in how they fund IT initiatives.

Ten (Suggested) Commandments for Closing the Digital Divide

Ten (Suggested) Commandments for Closing the Digital Divide

States are set to receive billions of dollars in federal funding—enough to close the digital divide once and for all. Following these 10 commandments will ensure they make the most of the money and citizens get the connectivity they need.

Further Energizing Innovation in Fiscal Year 2023

Further Energizing Innovation in Fiscal Year 2023

The FY 2023 budget request signals America’s commitment to sustaining bipartisan momentum for clean energy innovation. Congress should seize this opportunity to accelerate domestic clean energy industries and shape the U.S. response to climate change.

How Applying ‘Buy America’ Provisions to IT Undermines Infrastructure Goals

How Applying ‘Buy America’ Provisions to IT Undermines Infrastructure Goals

Because the cost of producing IT products is lower overseas, applying Buy America provisions to IT components of projects underwritten by the infrastructure bill will raise costs, reduce infrastructure build, and delay project completion—all without creating any net new jobs.

Monopolies Are Not Taking a Fifth of Your Wages

Monopolies Are Not Taking a Fifth of Your Wages

A recent Treasury report on labor market competition provided a misleading narrative about labor market concentration and its effect on workers. Labor market power is largely due to labor market frictions, not concentration. Firms are not profiting at the expense of workers.

AI Bias Is Correctable. Human Bias? Not So Much

AI Bias Is Correctable. Human Bias? Not So Much

“Defending Digital” Series, No. 5: Individual decisions are shaped by our values, beliefs, experiences, inclinations, prejudices, and blind spots. These “biases” can easily leak into information system design. But overall and over time, modern technology will prove a force for more fair and objective societal actions.

How AI Can Improve K-12 Education in the United States

How AI Can Improve K-12 Education in the United States

Personalized learning powered by AI provides a unique opportunity to close learning gaps between students in lower-income schools and those in wealthier ones, as well as improve educational outcomes for all students.

Active Carbon Management: Critical Tools in the Climate Toolbox

Active Carbon Management: Critical Tools in the Climate Toolbox

Technologies to capture and store carbon must be part of the arsenal to fight climate change. To deploy them at scale, policymakers should expand federal incentives, increase RD&D for traditional and novel technologies, and expedite permitting and siting of requisite infrastructure.

Broadband Myths: Do ISPs Engage in “Digital Redlining?”

Broadband Myths: Do ISPs Engage in “Digital Redlining?”

Geographic differences in broadband deployment exist, but ITIF’s analysis of Census data and facts on the ground show they are best explained by income variations and barriers to adoption, not by racial discrimination.

Why America Should Compete to Win in Advanced Industries

Why America Should Compete to Win in Advanced Industries

Until a significant share of America’s leaders believes the United States is in economic competition with other nations—and that it has a right and duty to win that competition—generating the political will for a national advanced-industry strategy will be difficult.

Five False Claims Underscore the Case Against the Senate’s Leading Antitrust Bills

Five False Claims Underscore the Case Against the Senate’s Leading Antitrust Bills

The Senate’s main antitrust bills—the American Innovation and Choice Online Act and the Open App Markets Act—emulate a stalled House package and the EU’s deeply flawed Digital Markets Act. They err on many fronts, and the main arguments for them are at odds with reality.

Testimony to the Senate Finance Committee on “Prescription Drug Price Inflation”

Testimony to the Senate Finance Committee on “Prescription Drug Price Inflation”

Expenditures for retail prescriptions have been roughly stable for the past two decades as a share of total U.S. health-care expenditures. Instead of applying broad price controls, policymakers should promote affordability and mitigate out-of-pocket costs for individuals.

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