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Center for Data Innovation

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 the first quantum technologies workshops, quantum information science has advanced and its potential to drive major advances has become more apparent. The U.S. government has rightly recognized that 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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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.

May 2, 2023

What Should Congress Include in The Next National Quantum Initiative Act?

Watch the panel discussion on what the NQIA got right, where there is room for improvement, and what policymakers should do next.

April 6, 2023

What Are the Consequences of Backdoors for Online Privacy?

Join ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation to discuss the potential benefits and costs of end-to-end encryption and what law enforcement access to user data could look like in the future.

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DanielDaniel Castro

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

HodanHodan Omaar

Senior Policy Analyst

AswinAswin Prabhakar

Policy Analyst

MorganMorgan Stevens

Research Assistant

BeccaBecca Trate

Policy Analyst

More From the Center

November 27, 2023|Blogs

Policymakers Should Not Slow Down Fast Deliveries

Policymakers need to consider the long-term interests of consumers and the continued growth of the e-commerce sector when drafting and implementing new laws and regulations that could slow down the fast logistics networks on which consumers depend.

November 20, 2023|Blogs

The EU AI Act Is a Cautionary Tale in Open-Source AI Regulation

One of the most glaring problems in the EU AI Act’s current form is how it would create unreasonable requirements for developers of open-source AI systems.

November 17, 2023|Blogs

The AIRIA Bill Would Force the Commerce Department to Bite Off More Than It Can Chew

While the Artificial Intelligence Research, Innovation, and Accountability (AIRIA) Act strikes the balance between innovation and accountability better than other AI policy proposals, it puts the horse before the cart, requiring the Commerce department to come up with technical solutions to complex, nontechnical problems that haven’t been fully defined yet.

November 3, 2023|Blogs

Jumping on the Bletchley Declaration’s Existential AI Risk Bandwagon Hurts the US and AI

The decision by so many governments, especially the United States, to legitimize the belief that AI presents an existential risk that governments must address will seriously undermine efforts to rapidly develop and adopt the technology for beneficial purposes.

October 23, 2023|Blogs

Combating Organized Retail Crime Will Require More Than Targeting High-value Shoplifting

Congress should amend the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act to underscore the differences between shoplifting and organized retail crime while empowering law enforcement to find and target stolen goods on online resale platforms.

October 16, 2023|Blogs

No, AI Is Not a Surveillance Technology

The widespread potential benefits of AI are well-documented, so why are privacy activists making disingenuous claims about AI being fundamentally a surveillance technology? There are likely a few reasons.

October 6, 2023|Blogs

Biden Prediction of More Technological Progress in the Next 10 Years Than the Past 50 Years Is Almost Certainly Wrong

President Biden has claimed that, largely due to advancements in AI, “we’ll see more technological change in the next 10 years than we’ve seen in the last 50 years and maybe even beyond that.” However, it's highly unlikely that tech advancements in the next decade will outpace the achievements of the past five decades.

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