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November 30, 2022|Publications

History Shows Private Labels Are Beneficial; Congress Shouldn’t Prevent Retailers From ‘Self-Preferencing’ Their Own Brands

Prohibiting large online platforms from giving preference to their own products would protect competing companies at the expense of consumers and the economy, according to a new report.

November 29, 2022|Publications

Latest Amendments to the UK’s Online Safety Bill Are an Improvement But Still Harm Free Expression and Privacy, Says Center for Data Innovation

This week’s Online Safety Bill amendments have been a mixed bag. The Center for Data Innovation's initial read of the changes still finds significant issues with how the bill approaches anonymity, user privacy, and online safety.

November 21, 2022|Publications

ITIF Proposes Barring Imports When China Subverts Trade Rules

China is threatening U.S. market share in various industries by engaging in unfair trade practices, and U.S. policy responses so far have been ineffective or insufficient to mitigate the economic damage. But Congress can turn the tables by reforming a century-old law to make subverting trade rules less profitable.

November 17, 2022|Publications

When the Midterm Dust Settles, the Path Forward for Clean Energy Will Be to Double Down on RD&D, Says ITIF

Following the results of the midterm Congressional elections, the path forward for U.S. clean energy policy is to fully fund energy innovation and RD&D programs.

November 14, 2022|Publications

US Trails Germany in States’ “Innovation Competitiveness,” Despite Mass., Calif. Ranking 1, 2 in New Transatlantic Index

The new “Transatlantic Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index” examines the innovation ecosystems of 96 states, provinces, and subnational regions across the United States, Canada, Germany, and Italy using 13 indicators of competitive strength in 3 categories—the knowledge economy, globalization, and innovation capacity.

November 14, 2022|Publications

Online Safety Bill Would Undermine End-to-End Encryption on Communication Services—Making UK Internet Users Less Safe

Without amendments to protect end-to-end encryption, the Online Safety Bill currently under consideration would undermine UK users’ security and privacy protections, leaving them more vulnerable online.

November 14, 2022|Publications

US Should Compete More Vigorously With China, Says ITIF

The United States should not just continue to “compete vigorously with the PRC”—we should compete MORE vigorously.

November 14, 2022|Publications

Legislative Proposals in the UK, US, and EU Would Restrict End-to-End Encryption Online—Making Internet Users Less Safe

Without amendments to protect end-to-end encryption, a trio of legislative proposals in Washington, Brussels, and London would undermine Internet users’ security and privacy protections, leaving them more vulnerable online.

November 4, 2022|Publications

If Congress Lets the FCC Force Big Tech to Pay Into the Universal Service Fund, Expect a Worse and Pricier Internet, New Report Warns

The Federal Communications Commission asked Congress earlier this year for authority to make content companies like Netflix pay into the Universal Service Fund (USF) to help subsidize Internet access for households that can’t afford it. But the economics of Internet traffic dictate that idea would backfire by raising prices for consumers and lowering the quality of online services.

November 4, 2022|Publications

Mandating Broadband Contributions from Big Tech Would Make Consumers Pay More for Worse Content, New Report Warns

The European Union is considering proposals to make content companies like Netflix pay more of the cost of broadband infrastructure. But when South Korea experimented with these “sending-party-pays” (SPP) policies, it led to less efficient Internet traffic, higher prices, and lower-quality content for consumers.

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November 22, 2022|Publications

Think Tank Calls For Restrictions On Chinese Imports

The nearly century-old trade provision aimed at safeguarding intellectual property in the U.S. isn't doing enough to counter China's use of unfair trade practices in competing with the United States' advanced industries, according to a new report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.

November 21, 2022|Publications

No thaw in tariffs after U.S.-China meetings

A leading technology think tank says Congress should revamp the Section 337 statute, which is used primarily for intellectual property disputes, to allow the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban imports of Chinese goods made by companies that have been given an unfair advantage by the Chinese government.

November 16, 2022|Publications

Mozilla Releases Gift Guide With Privacy in Mind

TechNewsWorld quoted Daniel Castro in a piece on Mozilla's Privacy Not Included buyer's guide for 2022. “Given the enormous penalties these companies can face for any errors or omissions, it is not surprising that the lawyers have taken over writing these terms,” Castro told TechNewsWorld. “Many of these privacy policies are often ‘for lawyers, by lawyers’ instead of for consumers,” he said.

November 9, 2022|Publications

Report: Big Tech USF fees risk worse and pricier Internet

Advanced Television covered a report on sending-party-pays policies by Joe Kane and Jessica Dine. “Clearly, the fascination with SPP models is spreading internationally,” said Jessica Dine, co-author of the report and research assistant for broadband policy at ITIF. “But the allure of regulated pricing is a mirage that will give way to consumer harm by distorting the market dynamics that would otherwise coordinate the complex Internet ecosystem.”

November 3, 2022|Publications

National funding and international science policy hang in balance of US midterm elections

“The biggest issue is whether the bipartisan consensus that emerged over the summer of 2022 and culminated in passage of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 will persist, animated by a recognition that the US needs to bolster its competitive and innovative capacity,” said Stephen Ezell, vice president of global innovation policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based science and economic policy think tank.

October 27, 2022|Publications

What's New in Digital Equity: Improving Government Service

Government Technology covers the ITIF report that looks at federal goals to better serve constituents, and how digital services are key to success.

October 27, 2022|Publications

If intentions ruled, the federal government would have the highest customer experience ratings anywhere

The Biden administration has made customer experience offered by federal agencies a management imperative. Yet satisfaction scores keep trending down. Eric Egan joined The Federal Drive podcast to discuss why it's important that the government strengthens how it measures digital services effectiveness.

October 27, 2022|Publications

The internet is still missing the mark on accessibility

Fast Company cites a study from ITIF, which found that 30% of government websites didn’t meet standards for accessibility, including the Census.

October 26, 2022|Publications

The Data Divide | Yes, In Our Digital Societies We Have That Too | A Conversation With Gillian Diebold

Gillian Diebold spoke with ITSPMagazine's Marco Ciappelli and Sean Martin about the data divide, which is the gap between the data “haves” and data “have-nots” that, if left unaddressed, will exacerbate social and economic inequalities in the U.S.

October 25, 2022|Publications

How a proposed European Union cybersecurity law could affect things on this side of the Atlantic

During this episode of Federal New Network's podcast Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Kir Nuthi discusses the Cyber Resilience Act, an extensive framework aimed at improving cybersecurity in the EU, and its implications on the United States.

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