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September 20, 2020
While the United States already has taken unprecedented steps to sever technology links to China, tougher action could lie ahead. The administration is considering limits on sales of the equipment China needs to produce computer chips, which would likely involve a major clash with Silicon Valley, analysts said. Companies such as Applied Materials, Lam Research and KLA-Tenor, which dominate the global market for chip-making gear, are reluctant to lose out on China’s massive spending. “There definitely will be pushback on the tougher strategy,” said Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
September 19, 2020
“It’s good that Trump greenlit this deal. Everybody loses with a ban,” said Daniel Castro, vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. “These surprise announcements catch everyone off-guard and leave companies scrambling. It’s not good policy making.”
September 18, 2020
Gene editing offers a promising opportunity to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and other sectors, according to Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) 2020 report. Recent advances have proved that this biotechnology technique could help capture carbon from the atmosphere and support biofuel development. “It can play an important role in limiting and removing greenhouse gas emissions. Once an esoteric interest of just a handful of molecular biologists, gene editing is now the second-most published topic in biology and a key tool for tackling climate change,” Val Giddings, senior fellow at ITIF, who co-authored the report said. 
September 18, 2020
Daniel Castro, the president of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, called Friday's measures an "unnecessary burden" in a statement. "The Trump administration has provided no evidence that a ban on WeChat and TikTok is necessary to address a national security threat," Castro said.
September 17, 2020
It is important to note that the study found that different facial recognition systems varied widely in accuracy. The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation pointed out that the most accurate facial recognition algorithms “did not display a significant demographic bias.” 
September 17, 2020
Columbia University researchers are urging the winner of this year’s presidential election to launch a moonshot-style mission to develop new clean energy technologies, a critical step on the path to net-zero carbon emissions. The group, which includes two former Obama energy officials and staff from the nonprofit Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, this week unveiled a road map of policies that would allow “the next administration and Congress to hit the ground running” on clean-tech development.
September 17, 2020
“The increasing expense, complexity and scale required to innovate and manufacture semiconductors means that no single nation or enterprise can go it alone,” concludes a report released this week by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. “In the face of challenges from China, allied cooperation in semiconductors is critical,” added Stephen Ezell, ITIF’s vice president for global innovation policy and author of the report.
September 17, 2020
This year, the company announced a council of outside experts would help it shape U.S. content policies. Rob Atkinson, a council member and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation think-tank, told Reuters he has advised the company a number of times about how policy decisions, such approaches to hate speech, might play in Washington, D.C.
September 16, 2020
After participating in the European Commission public consultation on the new plan for Pharmaceuticals, Competere is again contributing to the debate over the EU pharmaceutical strategy. Being part of an informal coalition of international civil society organisations interested in innovation policy, together with Geneva Network, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Istituto per la Competitività (I-Com) and Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research, we wrote a letter to the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides. 
September 16, 2020
In June, Stephen Ezell, vice president of Global Innovation Policy at Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington think tank, published an in-depth smackdown of the order, concluding that “Buy American policies…could unwittingly reduce supply chain resiliency, while doing little to boost U.S. innovation competitiveness.” 

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