News Clips

October 13, 2021
In addition to RUU PDP, Indonesia also has restrictive data localization policies that make the Internet less accessible and secure, more costly and complicated, and less innovative. A recent study on cross-border data flows by ITIF notes that over five years, Indonesia’s gross economic output dropped by 7.8 percent while experiencing lower productivity and an increase in prices due to more stringent data restrictions from 2013-2018. Specifically, for cloud service providers, data localization makes it impossible for them to employ cybersecurity best practices, such as through “sharding,” wherein data is spread over multiple data centers. This is particularly useful to SMEs who cannot afford to implement a robust security program.
October 13, 2021
The Augmented and Virtual Reality Policy Conference is organized by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the XR Association (XRA). The half-day conference will take place in the ITIF offices in Washington D.C. for in-person vaccinated registrants. The conference will also be live-streamed for remote participants.
October 11, 2021
The public sector has been slower than businesses to adapt to changing consumer habits. That’s evidenced by a recent report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, which found only 2 percent of forms on government websites fully comply with a 2018 law to transition to digital forms. That’s the definition of sludge: Adding unnecessary friction to a process that, thanks to technology, should be much easier.
October 11, 2021
Counterfeit issues have coincided with an acceleration of online usage during the pandemic as both digital and brick-and-mortar retailers bolstered their e-commerce channels, said Daniel Castro, vice president with ITIF. "We're buying more online, we're selling more online and counterfeiters are going to take advantage of it," Castro said. "As we do more and more e-commerce, these issues around counterfeiting and trust and safety will continue to come up."
October 7, 2021
I don’t think it’s going to change perceptions too much. Those who thought Facebook was not doing enough to protect democracy, stop the spread of misinformation or stop bullying will continue to think so and will have more ammunition to make that argument. We know that bad things are happening online. The question is, well, what do you do about it? And that’s where I think the debate is going to move. Some of that will be calls for more regulation and oversight. Some of it might be going after the company through antitrust laws, data protection laws or proposals around child safety. We may also see more research on how to actually stop the spread of such information online. These are really hard questions that I don’t think one company alone is going to be able to answer. 
October 6, 2021
“The prevailing narrative of accelerating job loss due to new technology is just a myth”—Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
October 5, 2021
"Many places are in exactly the same boat as Milwaukee — they're doing interesting things, they're trying hard, they've got programs," said Robert Atkinson, president and CEO of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, D.C., think tank. "Everybody's competing for a limited piece of the pie. There's too much competition, nobody can really break out and you can't get sustained advantage."
September 29, 2021
“It is critical for U.S. negotiators to vigorously defend U.S. economic interests in the TTC,” the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation said in a statement. “They should not gloss over real differences in privacy rules, AI regulation, antitrust regulation, digital taxation, content moderation, and others.”
September 29, 2021
It’s 2021, not 1991, yet many federal government forms are still stuck in the analog era, according to a recent report. The reliance on paper forms has only grown starker amid the coronavirus pandemic, when some government offices were shuttered for long periods, nixing in-person interactions. According to a recent report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a technology policy think tank, many government forms are not fully compliant with the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA), a law passed in 2018 that required agencies to transition from paper forms to accessible, mobile-friendly, web-based forms within two years.
September 28, 2021
According to Daniel Castro, vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, one of the main issues with stricter privacy regulations is having no centralized rules for states to follow. “Probably the biggest problem is states setting up a set of contradictory overlapping rules across the country,” Castro said. “This creates a serious cost on organizations and businesses. They can abide by 50 state privacy laws, but there could be different regulations across local jurisdictions.” One example of a hurdle for organizations and businesses is local jurisdictions creating specific rules for facial recognition and biometric technology. “Let’s say a company starts selling a smart doorbell service; because of these rules, this service might not be able to be legally sold in one jurisdiction,” Castro said. 

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