News Clips

April 29, 2018
“It’s not an issue that’s central to the wellbeing of the industry,” ITIF President Rob Atkinson said to The Hill about challenging the administration on social issues. “I don’t know why the industry is wasting their political capital,” he added.
April 26, 2018
In testimony before the Senate Small Business Committee, ITIF’s Daniel Castro said only 21% of small businesses have provided cyber awareness training to their workers despite an estimate that 42% of the firms had been hacked as of three years ago.
April 25, 2018
“These issues represent an existential threat to some small businesses as firms could go bankrupt from the costs responding to a cyber attack, or from the lost revenue and costumers resulting from a business disruption,” ITIF’s Daniel Castro said a Senate Small Business Committee hearing. “Moreover, these attacks are a drain on the economy, costing between $57 and $109 billion in 2016.”
April 20, 2018
“Having an economy dominated by small firms is a recipe for a lower per capita income,” ITIF President Rob Atkinson told Governing Magazine.
April 20, 2018
“Those are programs that make a lot of sense because they help the kind of firms that we want to grow and that could create a lot of jobs,” said ITIF President Robert Atkinson.
April 17, 2018
“There definitely is some countervailing loss to rural broadband deployment, if only because the Chinese equipment is generally pretty cheap,” ITIF’s Doug Brake told National Journal. “So there is definitely a trade-off. And it’s hard to say if it’s worth it when there’s still so little known publicly about what the national security threat actually is.”
April 12, 2018
The Economist notes that ITIF President Rob Atkinson accuses the Chinese of playing rope-a-dope, allowing the American administration to exhaust itself in ultimately futile complaints. He thinks that it should give up on the rules and focus instead on results, for example by arranging for American firms to inform it “off the record” of Chinese infractions. 
April 10, 2018
Anonymized data collection “doesn’t create a lot of harm and can create some significant benefits,” ITIF’s Joe Kennedy told the Associated Press. He cited targeted ads as a boon to consumers and said the data behind them can boost artificial intelligence systems, which use vast quantities of data to “learn” human-like behavior.
April 10, 2018
Trump’s April 5 directive signals an “opening move in a chess match designed to attain some negotiating leverage with China,” ITIF’s Stephen Ezell told Bloomberg BNA. “If we came to a point in three to six months where tariffs on those products were applied, that would potentially disrupt an innovation ecosystem and the life sciences on both sides of the Pacific. It could raise prices for patients, potentially.”
April 10, 2018
“This is a promising signal that there can be a path forward to address (America’s) concerns without a full-on trade war emerging,” ITIF’s Stephen Ezell told the Associated Press.