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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Your Data Isn’t Gold; It’s Not Even Yours

Your Data Isn’t Gold; It’s Not Even Yours

“Defending Digital” Series, No. 4: Claims that Big Tech is making too much money off of “our data” are wrong in two fundamental ways: The data about most individuals isn’t worth very much—and when consumers use a business service, the resulting data isn’t “theirs.”

How the EU Can Unlock the Private Sector’s Human-Mobility Data for Social Good

How the EU Can Unlock the Private Sector’s Human-Mobility Data for Social Good

Private firms face a number of challenges that limit their willingness and ability to share mobility data. The government’s role should be to coordinate the behavior of individuals, companies, and researchers toward social good.

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.

Revising Merger Guidelines While Preserving the Process of Creative Destruction

Revising Merger Guidelines While Preserving the Process of Creative Destruction

In revising merger guidelines, antitrust agencies should refrain from embracing the populist narrative that pursues market deconcentration and corporate disintegration at the expense of companies’ innovation, efficiency, and competitiveness.

Prospects for Transatlantic Cooperation in Biotech Policy—A US Perspective

Prospects for Transatlantic Cooperation in Biotech Policy—A US Perspective

There are multiple opportunities to advance solutions to major societal challenges by fostering transatlantic cooperation in biotech policy. But developing and applying them will require a return to science-based regulation that advances safety while enabling, not deterring innovation.

Theory Aside, Antitrust Advocates Should Keep Their ‘Big Tech’ Ambitions Narrow

Theory Aside, Antitrust Advocates Should Keep Their ‘Big Tech’ Ambitions Narrow

“Defending Digital” Series, No. 3: Policymakers on both sides of the aisle are itching to curb the power of Big Tech. But the history of the digital technology business shows that targeted remedies are much more effective than sweeping government interventions.

Content Moderation in Multi-User Immersive Experiences: AR/VR and the Future of Online Speech

Content Moderation in Multi-User Immersive Experiences: AR/VR  and the Future of Online Speech

Multi-user immersive experiences (MUIEs)—three-dimensional, digitally rendered environments where multiple users can interact with other people and virtual objects in real time—present new content-moderation challenges. Policymakers should work with those developing MUIEs to balance user safety, privacy, and free expression.

A Worker-Centric Trade Agenda Needs to Focus on Competitiveness, Including Robust IP Protections

A Worker-Centric Trade Agenda Needs to Focus on Competitiveness, Including Robust IP Protections

In his shift to a “worker-centric trade agenda,” President Biden should reject the counsel of anticorporate, antitrade progressives who deny that U.S. companies’ interests align with U.S. workers’ interests. A new competitiveness-focused approach to trade policy can support both.

Op-Art: Drug Price Controls vs. the NIH “Cancer Moonshot” Initiative

Op-Art: Drug Price Controls vs. the NIH “Cancer Moonshot” Initiative

President Biden recently announced the administration is reigniting its “Cancer Moonshot” initiative, but its drug-pricing agenda presents a problem.

Anti-Tech Antitrust vs. Competitiveness Legislation

Anti-Tech Antitrust vs. Competitiveness Legislation

Antitrust bills targeting “big tech” counteract competitiveness legislation like the America COMPETES Act.

Weaving Strategic-Industry Competitiveness Into the Fabric of U.S. Economic Policy

Weaving Strategic-Industry Competitiveness Into the Fabric of U.S. Economic Policy

Meeting the challenge of China’s mercantilist, state-directed economy will require much more than piecemeal competitiveness initiatives, as important as they are. It is time to incorporate a competitiveness focus into most if not all major areas of U.S. policy affecting the economy.

American Precautionary Antitrust: Unrestrained FTC Rulemaking Authority

American Precautionary Antitrust: Unrestrained FTC Rulemaking Authority

The FTC plans to follow Europe’s precautionary approach to antitrust by enacting preemptive rules of per se illegality. But American precautionary antitrust is both unlawful and economically harmful, as it opposes dynamic competition, which benefits consumers and innovation.

U.S. Options to Engage on Digital Trade and Economic Issues in the Asia-Pacific

U.S. Options to Engage on Digital Trade and Economic Issues in the Asia-Pacific

There are many ways the United States can rejoin trading partners in shaping digital trade in the Asia-Pacific. But in choosing its path, the administration should not allow misguided opposition deter it from insisting on binding rules for data flows and other key digital economy issues.

Technology Has Created Much More Privacy Than It Has Destroyed. Let’s Keep It That Way

Technology Has Created Much More Privacy Than It Has Destroyed. Let’s Keep It That Way

“Defending Digital” Series, No. 2: Policymakers are well aware of the privacy risks that come with modern digital technologies, but they largely ignore the many important ways that the Internet and smartphones build privacy into our everyday lives.

The Platform Competition and Opportunity Act Is a Solution in Search of a Problem

The Platform Competition and Opportunity Act Is a Solution in Search of a Problem

The killer acquisitions that Congress seeks to prevent are rare and less likely to occur in technology markets. The proposed legislation will harm an important incentive for start-up innovation and deny consumers the benefits of pro-competitive acquisitions.

A Decade After SOPA/PIPA, It’s Time to Revisit Website Blocking

A Decade After SOPA/PIPA, It’s Time to Revisit Website Blocking

In 2012, U.S. lawmakers scuttled legislation to block websites trafficking in pirated content after opponents instigated a furious backlash by claiming it would “break the Internet.” But since then, dozens of countries have done it effectively—and the Internet continues to flourish.

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