News Clips

January 5, 2021
The go-for-broke bidding underscores how crucial these midband frequencies are to companies trying to seize global leadership in emerging 5G technology. The airwaves are expected to drive a yearslong surge of profits when deployed for next-generation mobile devices, autonomous vehicles, health-care equipment and manufacturing facilities.“It’s great spectrum, there’s a lot of it, and it’s coming right as carriers are gearing up to get ready for 5G,” said Doug Brake, director of broadband and spectrum policy at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a nonprofit research outfit.
December 21, 2020
Robert Atkinson, president of the nonpartisan public policy think tank Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, said in an interview that he found it "a little troubling" that antitrust enforcers were going back and "calling do overs" by pursuing divestitures. “It's the idea that we're going to be sending a message to a company… maybe if you get really big we might take it [an acquisition] back ten years later," he said. "That is going to lead to uncertainty in the marketplace going forward,” he added.  
December 20, 2020
In a report in September, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a U.S.-based think-tank that makes policy recommendations for areas of innovation like biotechnology, said that genetically enhancing trees as carbon sinks could help curb climate change. "There are a lot of different ways in which forests could be made to be better carbon sinks," said Val Giddings, a geneticist and senior fellow at the foundation. 
December 18, 2020
Rob Atkinson, president of ITIF, a research group Google has funded, put it more bluntly: "If successful, the lawsuit today would roll back nearly two decades of search innovation, leaving consumers worse off."
December 17, 2020
Another study released in September comes from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a self-described think tank for science and technology policy, urges international collaboration. The report, titled “An Allied Approach to Semiconductor Leadership,” notes that countries seeking self-sufficiency in this semiconductor space threaten their own competitiveness, as succeeding entirely independently is almost impossible in such a complex sector.  
December 16, 2020
Still, data restrictions could disproportionately affect such businesses, said Nigel Cory, associate director for trade policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank. “The big firms have a natural advantage in that they have the resources and expertise to build the systems to come into compliance,” Mr. Cory said. As for smaller businesses, he added, “they’ll essentially be squeezed out of digital trade.”
December 15, 2020
Augmented reality technologies will likely exacerbate existing privacy challenges facing the public, according to a report released this week by tech think tank Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. The report posits that while augmented reality devices offer the public many potential benefits, they also “continuously collect, analyze and display personal data.” This continuous collection and fusion of various types of data—including from cellphones, smartwatches, security and body cameras, wearable devices and even sensors—creates entirely new privacy issues.  
December 15, 2020
“Since the global market is adopting our standards, if we push forward, we’ll be the first ones crafting the rules,” said Eline Chivot, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation, a Brussels think tank, describing some of the European thinking on the area. “Everyone will follow our lead.”
December 15, 2020
“Public-sector agencies will have to continue the migration to the cloud to accommodate their work-from-home staff,” said Daniel Castro, vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington-based tech policy think tank. Mr. Castro said a breach earlier this year of computer systems at multiple federal agencies, disclosed this week, will likely focus greater attention on state IT security efforts. 
December 14, 2020
The growing focus on the Green Deal is not at the expense of the digital agenda, says Eline Chivot, senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation, as there are clear synergies between the two policy areas. “Technology is an enabler of the green transformation and I see much more of a positive narrative being driven and shared by the Commission on that,” she says, referencing the core role that data centres and artificial intelligence play in the development of smart grids and green hydrogen. 

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