Public Safety

Law enforcement argues that “warrant-proof” encryption presents a unique and urgent threat by preventing them from accessing user data. But history shows that government efforts to subvert encryption would negatively impact individuals and businesses. As such, banning the technology is not the answer.
Public Safety
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August 22, 2019
ITIF has filed comments with the Federal Aviation Administration regarding its draft policy changes for testing of supersonic aircraft.
March 19, 2019
As Dorothy Robyn and Jeffrey Marqusee write for RealClearEnergy, many key technologies for the civilian energy sector could be advanced if the Department of Defense and Department of Energy collaborated more effectively.
January 7, 2019
Only one in four Americans (26 percent) think government should strictly limit the use of facial recognition technology, according to a new survey from the Center for Data Innovation—and that support drops even further if it would come at the expense of public safety.
July 30, 2018
Banning law enforcement from using facial recognition technology would be wholly inappropriate based on the evidence to date and limit many beneficial uses of the technology for public safety writes Daniel Castro and Michael McLaughlin.
August 21, 2017
Hasty policymaking around emerging technologies such as delivery robots is self-defeating, argues Alan McQuinn in StateScoop.
February 18, 2016
Activists blame GM mosquitoes and pesticides for the Zika outbreak. The truth is exactly opposite, writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.
October 13, 2015
Infrastructure funding doesn’t get the support it needs because for more than a decade both sides of the political spectrum have argued it is a waste, Rob Atkinson writes in Innovation Files.
September 9, 2015
Defense R&D generates significant spillover benefits for the U.S. economy, writes Adams Nager in Innovation Files.
June 3, 2015
The rise of police body cameras shows how technologies go through a cycle of fear-then-acceptance.
May 16, 2013
3D printing is a new technology that raises old policy questions.