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Emerging Technologies

As nations engage in a race for global advantage in innovation, ITIF champions a new policy paradigm that ensures businesses and national economies can compete successfully by spurring public and private investment in foundational areas such as research, skills, and 21st century infrastructure. Our work on emerging technologies includes analysis of issues surrounding the development and adoption of transformative new technologies—from drones and advanced robotics to 3D printing and digital currencies.


Why the United States Needs to Support Near-Term Quantum Computing Applications

Why the United States Needs to Support Near-Term Quantum Computing Applications

As other nations rapidly scale up their investments to develop and use quantum computing, U.S. policymakers should ensure the United States remains a leader. Investing in near-term applications would bolster the development of longer-term use cases, thereby helping to cement U.S. economic competitiveness and protect national security.

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August 28, 2023|Reports & Briefings

ITIF Technology Explainer: DOCSIS 4.0

Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) is an industry standard, set by cable industry group CableLabs, that specifies high-bandwidth data communications. DOCSIS 4.0 is the latest standard.

July 11, 2023|Presentations

The Blockchain Tech Revolution

Daniel Castro speaks about blockchain technology on a panel at NALEO's 40th Annual Conference in New York City.

May 30, 2023|Features

Data Isn’t the New Oil; That Might Be a Good Thing

Defending Digital Series, No. 18: The war in Ukraine and the return of persistent inflation have made it clear that energy is still much more important to peoples’ lives than digital data.

May 5, 2023|Blogs

FAA Standardization Could Help Delivery Drones Take Flight

Drone delivery should be taking off, but the Federal Aviation Administration’s continued use of one-off waivers for operating delivery drones, instead of comprehensive regulations, have grounded delivery drone ambitions across the United States.

May 2, 2023|Events

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 24, 2023|Reports & Briefings

NFTs: US Policies and Priorities in 2023

Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, offer unique policy challenges. While the United States has taken some important steps to address the potential risks and benefits of the technology, there is more policymakers can do to protect consumers while encouraging innovation.

March 3, 2023|Testimonies & Filings

Comments to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Regarding Technical Standard-Setting Processes

China and other countries with poor human rights records are trying to influence international standards mainly through the International Telecommunications Union. So, the Office of the High Commissioner should focus attention there to address the most problematic proposals for technical standards with clear and troubling human rights implications.

October 31, 2022|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Fintech Competition Induces Commercial Banks to Invest More in ICT

After state regulators approved the operations of fintech company LendingClub, commercial banks in those states increased their investments in information and communication technologies by 7 percent, and large banks increased their spending by 11 percent.

October 24, 2022|Blogs

Using Country-of-Origin as a Litmus Test for Drone Security Is Bad Policy

While intended to protect national security, the updated American Security Drone Act would still do little to bolster drone security and would limit government agencies from using some of the best-in-class drones.

October 13, 2022|Presentations

Building the Optimal Business and Investment Environment for the Future Digital Ecosystem

Daniel Castro speaks on policy strategies to build the optimal digital ecosystem at a virtual bilateral event with Mexico on 5G and ICT networks organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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