News Clips

March 9, 2018
In an interview with NPR affiliate KPCC, ITIF President Rob Atkinson said that, “When you look at all 50 states, the states that were losing businesses actually had a higher rate of job growth.” 
March 7, 2018
Politico Magazine contributing editor Rich Lowry writes that if the motivation for tariffs is simply to protect domestic firms from foreign competition, whatever the knock-on consequences, then they might make sense. Otherwise, tariffs run exactly counter to what would be a more sound approach to Chinese mercantilism, as a compelling report by ITIF underscores.
March 2, 2018
As ITIF President Rob Atkinson told National Review, “The problems with the Trump metal tariffs are numerous, but perhaps the most important is that rather than use tariffs as a weapon to force China to roll back its damaging innovation mercantilist policies, an effort for which we will need all the help we can get from our allies, the tariffs are applied indiscriminately against friend and foe, free trader and mercantilist. This alienates potential allies in the broader China effort as well as invites tit-for-tat retaliation, which the Europeans have already said they would put in place.”
February 27, 2018
While ITIF Vice President Daniel Castro said there have been instances of the "intentional undermining" of dataset, he said "the biggest risk is in data quality."
February 27, 2018
In a story by AFP, ITIF’s Daniel Castro said the only way to resolve the standoff is with legislation to streamline the process for cross-border data requests. "If Congress doesn't act, then no matter how the Supreme Court decides this case, there will be negative consequences for US competitiveness," Castro said in a statement urging Congress to move swiftly on a proposal known as the CLOUD Act.
February 25, 2018
“A repressive state can be an engine of innovation,” ITIF President Rob Atkinson told the Wall Street Journal.
February 23, 2018
As CNBC notes, a 2017 ITIF report analyzed job growth in the locomotive and automobile industries at the turn of the 20th century. While railroad job growth slowed during the proliferation of the automobile, car mechanic and repairmen professions surged.
February 21, 2018
ITIF’s Doug Brake told National Journal that, “If you have it watered down into block grants at the state level, where they pick and choose among various proposals, for a number of reasons it’s a lot easier for a state to fund the traditional projects they understand well—things like roads and bridges and waterways—than it is to do broadband.”
February 19, 2018
As noted in a story by VentureBeat, ITIF released a report detailing how worker training policies will need to be adjusted in the age of AI and robotics. 
February 16, 2018
“Until now, most sites and publishers have focused on cleaning up the illegal content, such as hate speech or pirated content,” ITIF’s Daniel Castro told the Christian Science Monitor. “But there is a lot more content that is in a murky grey area. And here is where sites may decide the content should remain – lest removing it drive away users – but that they allow advertisers to distinguish what types of content they are willing to advertise near.”