Innovation and Competitiveness

Innovation and Competitiveness

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.

Innovation and Competitiveness
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February 15, 2018
ITIF submits reply comments on the FCC's Technological Advisory Council's Spectrum Policy Recommendations.
February 14, 2018
A Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) proposal to block access to online piracy expands on successful efforts in other countries while imposing extraordinary safeguards to protect users’ digital rights, ITIF’s Daniel Castro and Alan McQuinn write in The Hill Times.
February 12, 2018
Life-sciences companies grow best in locations that can combine qualities like a good business environment, skilled workers, strong research universities, and available capital. Strengthening these and related factors can give states a stronger competitive advantage.
February 6, 2018
As Daniel Castro writes for FedScoop, the Trump administration will need to continue recruiting top technical talent to implement its agenda in the years ahead – including in the federal government’s digital startup, 18F.
February 6, 2018
Governor Cuomo's battery plan is pointed in the right direction. But as David Hart writes for the Syracuse Post-Standard, it won't get near the finish line without help from Washington to constrain China.
February 5, 2018
Germany’s Federal Network Agency recently issued a blanket ban on children’s smartwatches that offer an audio link. As Nick Wallace writes, the agency’s position is not only bad for children, but suggests that German regulators might ban other smart devices that make up the Internet of Things.
February 3, 2018
If privacy advocates get their way, getting an oil change will involve as much legal paperwork as going to the doctor. As Alan McQuinn writes for The Hill, this is not the future most consumers want.
January 31, 2018
As Nigel Cory writes for Brink magazine, the global rise of data localism is affecting the free flow of data at the heart of today’s digital economy. Unless the United States and others set new digital trade rules to keep data flows open, this trend toward data localism will yield a balkanized Internet.
January 30, 2018
Writing in RealClear Policy, Rob Atkinson says that, to “Make America Great Again,” President Trump needs to articulate a clear vision and detailed agenda for restoring U.S. economic competitiveness.
January 25, 2018
Muni broadband should generally be avoided: Private broadband, coupled with regulatory oversight, provides much better incentives for efficient operation, long-term innovation.

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Competitiveness
Competitiveness: analysis of factors and policies driving national competitiveness, including improving innovation ecosystems and the technical capacity of high-value-added industries.
Economic Theory
Economic Theory: assessing the negative impact of conventional neo-Keynesianism and neoclassical economics on the 21st century economy and promoting “Innovation Economics” as a sounder alternative.
Emerging Technologies
Emerging Technologies: analysis of issues surrounding the development and adoption of transformative new technologies—from drones and advanced robotics to 3D printing and digital currencies.
Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property: analysis of how appropriately governed intellectual property protections—including patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets—drive innovation.
Labor Markets and Skills
Labor Markets and Skills: building skills through science, technology, engineering, and math education; use of technology in primary and secondary school; higher education reform; innovations such as massive open online courses; and incumbent worker-training policies.
Manufacturing
Manufacturing: examining current trends and encouraging continued innovation in the manufacturing sector through increased public and private investment.
Productivity
Productivity: analyzing past, present, and future trends in productivity, and advancing policies to drive robust productivity growth, including through tech-based automation.
R&D and Innovation
R&D and Innovation: promoting public and private investment in research and development through public funding for research at national laboratories and universities, tax incentives to encourage business R&D, and policies to spur technology transfer from lab to market.
State and Local
State and Local: assessing state and local technology and innovation policies, and benchmarking progress in the broader transition to the new economy.
Taxes, Budget, and Regulation
Taxes, Budget, and Regulation: how taxes, budgets, and regulation can boost investment, competitiveness, and economic growth.