Technology-based startups are key drivers of America’s economic growth because they make outsized contributions to employment, innovation, and productivity. Unfortunately, policymakers tend to focus indiscriminately on helping small business startups without specifically targeting technology-based startups that have high growth potential. How can policymakers support the formation and success of new technology firms at the national and local level?
The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) fills key gaps in the U.S. energy innovation system. Its funding yields new science that is relevant to energy innovators and leads to the creation of a significant number of new companies, services, and products.
The emergence of hybrid infrastructure—infrastructure that integrates digital technology with physical infrastructure—will be more efficient and sustainable than the concrete roads and bridges of yesteryear. But the new technologies raise the question of whether to prioritize maintaining existing infrastructure or deploying innovative new infrastructure.
Many technology industries are characterized by relatively high levels of industry concentration, with one or a few firms holding significant market share. This has sparked alarm among some who assert that such concentration is anti-consumer and call for more aggressive antitrust enforcement. Yet antitrust scholars have shown that in many cases the concentration helps consumers and spurs economic growth.
Many privacy advocates argue businesses should have a legal obligation to obtain affirmative consent from consumers before collecting and processing data. However, opt-in policies often have negative impacts on business. Join ITIF for a discussion about this ongoing policy debate including the latest research in privacy.
As a host of new digital technologies have emerged over the last decade, data has become a key driver of economic growth, social progress and innovation. But what is the true state of data innovation in the EU, and how do European national economies compare in their use of and support for data?
How can states use data innovation to grow the economy and address a range of societal challenges? Join Center for Data Innovation Director Daniel Castro and Paul Taylor, Chief Content Officer of eRepublic and Governing editor-at-large as they discuss the best states for data innovation and what others can learn from them.
The global economy is undergoing a profound transformation as it integrates the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) into modern engineering, production processes, and economic activity. Industry will lead this transformation. But what is the role for public policy?
In Digital DNA: Disruption and the Challenges for Global Governance (Oxford University Press, 2017), Peter Cowhey and Jonathan Aronson show how these technologies unleash dazzling changes in the information, communication, and production capabilities that are transforming how the world works. Join ITIF for a discussion of Professors Cowhey and Aronson’s findings and policy proposals for the global innovation economy.
Energy demonstration projects pose many policy and management challenges, and the historical record of the Department of Energy running them is uneven. Join ITIF for the release of a new report assessing recent federal efforts to overcome these challenges and consider how this record might be extended and improved upon in the future.