As every sector of the global economy and nearly every facet of modern society undergo digital transformation, ITIF advocates for policies that spur not just the development of IT innovations, but more importantly their adoption and use throughout the economy. In the area of Internet policy, ITIF's work covers issues related to taxation, e-commerce, digital copyright, global Internet governance, and digital currencies.
Publications and Events
December 14, 2022|Events
Malvertising: How Piracy Sites Use Malicious Ads to Infect Consumer Devices With Malware
Join ITIF for a panel discussion about the threat that malware in ads on piracy sites poses to consumers, the implications of these malicious ads for cybersecurity, and how the public and private sectors can address this issue. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Co-Chair of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, will provide keynote remarks.
November 23, 2022|Testimonies & Filings
Coalition Letter to Parliament: Fix Online Safety Bill to Not Undermine Encryption
A coalition of 70 individuals and organizations, including the Center for Data Innovation, sent an open letter to the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak opposing the Online Safety Bill’s clauses that erode end-to-end encryption in private messaging and other online services.
November 21, 2022|Blogs
FTX’s Implosion Should Spur Policymakers to Get Serious About Regulating Crypto Exchanges… But Not Rush It
It will likely be months (at least) before a full accounting shows whether the ultimate causes of FTX’s downfall were simply abysmal corporate governance or outright fraud. But regardless of the cause, the result shows why policymakers should get serious about regulating crypto exchanges.
November 14, 2022|Reports & Briefings
The Effect of International Proposals for Monitoring Obligations on End-To-End Encryption
European and U.S. policymakers have proposed imposing monitoring obligations on Internet intermediaries to improve online safety. Despite their best efforts, these proposals risk undermining users’ privacy by eliminating the use of end-to-end encryption. Therefore, policymakers should not pursue them.
November 7, 2022|Reports & Briefings
Consumers Are the Ones Who End Up Paying for Sending-Party-Pays Mandates
Policymakers in some nations want edge companies such as Netflix to pay a larger share of broadband infrastructure costs. These “sending-party-pays” policies would harm Internet users, disproportionately tax U.S. tech companies, and fail to deliver infrastructure improvements.
November 7, 2022|Blogs
Fact of the Week: 58 Percent of Households Without Internet Cite Lack of Need or Interest As the Reason Why
A recent study conducted by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration found that of the 24 million homes without an internet connection, 58 percent cited a lack of need or interest as the primary reason.
November 4, 2022|Blogs
Policymakers Should Not Fall for Musk’s “Town Square” Fallacy
For some, Twitter is serious business; for others, the platform is pure entertainment. But in any case, it is not a town square, and policymakers should not try to regulate it as one.
October 31, 2022|Reports & Briefings
Living Online Is a Societal Phase, Not a Dangerous Addiction
Defending Digital Series, No. 11: The intensive use of technology is often a practical requirement. It’s also much more like earlier enthusiasms for radio, movies, and television than addictions like drugs, alcohol, or tobacco; it should be governed as such.
October 19, 2022|Blogs
Canada’s Attempt to Make News Aggregators Pay for Content Could Lead to Lower-Quality News
The Canadian House of Commons held a hearing this week to discuss C-18, a bill that would force online news aggregators like Google and Facebook to pay news publishers for displaying their stories. This is a flawed approach on a number of fronts.
October 11, 2022|Reports & Briefings
How to Address Political Speech on Social Media in the United States
Policymakers could improve content moderation on social media by building international consensus on content moderation guidelines, providing more resources to address state-sponsored disinformation, and increasing transparency in content moderation decisions.