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ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation formulates and promotes pragmatic public policies designed to maximize the benefits of data-driven innovation in the public and private sectors. It educates policymakers and the public about the opportunities and challenges associated with data, as well as technology trends such as open data, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things. For more, get the Center’s weekly emails and visit

Featured Publications

The U.S. Approach to Quantum Policy

The U.S. Approach to Quantum Policy

In the nearly 25 years since NSF held the U.S. government’s first workshop on the topic, it has become increasingly apparent that quantum information science has the potential to drive major advances in computing power, secure communication, and scientific discovery. So, the government has rightly recognized it needs to play an active role in ensuring the nation remains competitive in this critical field.

Overcoming Barriers to Data Sharing in the United States

Overcoming Barriers to Data Sharing in the United States

Without policy change, the United States will continue trending toward data siloes—an inefficient world in which data is isolated, and its benefits are restricted.

A Global Declaration on Free and Open AI

A Global Declaration on Free and Open AI

ITIF and a global network of think tanks call on governments around the world to commit to a clear set of principles to ensure generative AI tools serve democratic ideals and promote global progress.

Comparing Data Policy Priorities Around the World

Comparing Data Policy Priorities Around the World

Instead of duplicating any one approach, U.S. policymakers should borrow from the menu of options to craft a cohesive, pro-innovation data strategy.

Digital Equity 2.0: How to Close the Data Divide

Digital Equity 2.0: How to Close  the Data Divide

Unlike the digital divide, many ignore the data divide or argue that the way to close it is to collect vastly less data. But without substantial efforts to increase data representation and access, certain individuals and communities will be left behind in an increasingly data-driven world.

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April 24, 2024

Harnessing AI for Carbon Neutrality

Join the Center for Data Innovation for a panel discussion to explore the current landscape of AI applications in transitioning to a greener economy, identify key areas ripe for further exploration, and discuss actionable policy measures to foster innovation and adoption.

April 16, 2024

How Can the UK Encourage the Uptake of AI in the Public Sector?

Join ITIF's Center for Data Innovation for a panel discussion exploring the hurdles impeding the widespread adoption of AI in the public sector and examining actionable steps to empower and facilitate the sector in harnessing the benefits of this cutting-edge technology.

August 17, 2023

How Can Policymakers Support the Adoption of Drones for Package Deliveries?

Watch ITIF's Center for Data Innovation's webinar discussing the challenges inhibiting drone use in package delivery, where the drone tech and regulations affecting the tech are heading, and how policymakers can support safe drone operations.

June 21, 2023

How Will AI Impact Digital Service Workers in the Global South?

Watch the ITIF Center for Data Innovation event for a discussion about AI, jobs, and digital development in the Global South.

June 6, 2023

Does the US Need a New AI Regulator?

Watch the Center for Data Innovation and R Street's webinar where they discussed the potential costs and benefits of creating a new AI regulator in the United States, the extent to which regulators can address AI risks today, and what additional tools or resources might be necessary to hold companies accountable for their use of AI.

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Ayesha BhattiAyesha Bhatti

Policy Analyst

Daniel CastroDaniel Castro

Vice President, ITIF, and Director, Center for Data Innovation

Hodan OmaarHodan Omaar

Senior Policy Analyst

Aswin PrabhakarAswin Prabhakar

Policy Analyst

Becca TrateBecca Trate

Policy Analyst

More From the Center

February 23, 2024|Testimonies & Filings

Comments to Ofcom on Protecting People From Illegal Harms Online

The Center for Data Innovation submitted comments with Ofcom, the regulator of communications services in the UK, on its first major consultation on the Online Safety Act.

February 20, 2024|Blogs

California’s Bill to Regulate Frontier AI Models Undercuts More Sensible Federal Efforts

California's new AI bill stands to seriously hinder the development of state-of-the-art systems in the state, where much of the frontier AI development in the U.S. is taking place. And since California often sets the tone for action in other states, this bill risks setting a precedent for a fragmented regulatory landscape for AI safety across the country.

February 16, 2024|Blogs

Virginia’s New AI Executive Order Is A Model For Other States to Build On

Virginia’s new Executive Order 30 is a blueprint for AI implementation in state government that focuses on accelerating the deployment of the technology, not just managing risks. Other states should take note.

February 7, 2024|Testimonies & Filings

Comments to the CFPB on the Larger Participant Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed rule on subjecting large non-bank participants in the general-use digital consumer payment application industry to CFPB supervision will limit the ability of non-bank firms to continue offering innovative products and services.

February 7, 2024|Blogs

The UK's Agile, Sector-Specific Approach to AI Regulation Is Promising

The United Kingdom's response to the UK AI Regulation White Paper proves the government maintains a pro-innovation stance towards AI, however, time will tell whether individual regulators adhere to this vision or have enough resources to carry it out.

February 5, 2024|Blogs

CMA Chair Falls Into the Trap of AI Fear-mongering as He Reframes Old Risks as New

The type of rhetoric from one of the UK’s top regulators, Marcus Bokkerink, Chair of the Competition and Markets Authority, illustrates a potentially hostile approach it suggests the CMA might take towards AI, risking stifling UK innovation in AI before its benefits fully emerge.

January 29, 2024|Reports & Briefings

Rethinking Concerns About AI’s Energy Use

Concerns about the energy used by digital technologies are not new. With the recent surge in interest in artificial intelligence, people are once again raising questions about the energy use of an emerging technology.

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