News Clips

September 27, 2019
As the Seattle Times reports, 39 groups led by ITIF sent an open letter to Congress cautioning that “bans would keep this important tool out of the hands of law enforcement officers, making it harder for them to do their jobs efficiently, stay safe, and protect our communities.” Instead, the groups urged lawmakers to develop guidance, additional training and expanded testing standards for law enforcement use of facial recognition technology.
September 27, 2019
The U.S. is "the best country in the world in science" and reached the peak position in medical research as other regions, such as Europe, "shot themselves in the foot" and moved their research and development capabilities to America, ITIF President Rob Atkinson said at the Atlantic Festival. "It's surprising how many European companies do their R&D in the United States; we didn't make that mistake (of relocating R&D)."
September 26, 2019
The tech community is urging Congress to steer clear of enacting a blanket ban on facial recognition technology, warning doing so could rid law enforcement of a crucial tool to keep communities safe, the Washington Examiner reports.
September 26, 2019
As Bloomber Law reports, a coalition of law enforcement and tech groups led by ITIF is urging Congress not to prevent police from using facial recognition tools. Lawmakers should consider “many of the viable alternatives to bans so that law enforcement can use facial recognition technology safely, accurately, and effectively,” the group said in an open letter. 
September 24, 2019
Daniel Castro told the Washington Post that the E.U. shouldn’t be allowed to impose its own rules on other countries, and that the bloc should “seek to strike a better balance as it crafts other laws and regulations affecting the Internet.”
September 23, 2019
InsideSources interview ITIF President Rob Atkinson as part of a series of Q&As with leading policy professionals in Washington, D.C. 
September 19, 2019
“Drug companies need to make significant revenues on successful drugs because it takes around 10-12 years to get innovative drugs to market, and 90 percent of all prospects end in failure,” Rob Atkinson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Atkinson said people need affordable drugs and the best way to reduce prices are by “extending affordable insurance, reducing regulatory costs and increasing investment on basic life-sciences research.”
September 18, 2019
Redirecting more research-and-development funds to areas including robotics, 3-D printing and autonomous vehicles could juice productivity growth rates and increase federal revenue, Rob Atkinson told the Wall Street Journal. “A national R&D agenda around productivity would have the salutary effects of helping us be more globally competitive,” he said.
September 13, 2019
“I worry that the techlash is going to have detrimental effects,” Rob Atkinson told the Christian Science Monitor. “Ultimately, that’s playing into the hands of China.”
September 12, 2019
As ITIF told Mercury News, “instead of banning facial recognition technology, California policymakers should create guardrails to prevent potential abuses.”

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