News Clips

January 30, 2018
ITIF’s Daniel Castro alarmed a roomful of Inman Connect New York attendees when he declared that he had “seen some evidence” that the DOJ and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would hold a workshop on real estate competition. The workshop would discuss the “legal hurdles, regulatory barriers, and anti-competitive actions in the real estate industry that may suppress competition.”
January 30, 2018
"This is really promising because it’s pretty clear the health care system in the United States doesn’t really work effectively," ITIF President Rob Atkinson told USA Today. "It's expensive, it doesn’t really provide universal care and coverage, and there are a lot of quality issues."
January 30, 2018
A new online portal, the brainchild of ITIF, aims to ease the innovative process and empower collaboration by creating a place for government to share projects and best practices in a format adapted for use by all.
January 29, 2018
ITIF Rob Atkinson told Bloomberg that he welcomed the Trump tariff on imports of certain solar cells. "At least it sends a message to the Chinese that there are going to be some consequences to this mercantilist behavior," he said. But he also said the tougher line on Chinese solar imports has almost certainly come too late. A better policy "would have been to close the barn door before the Chinese horse got out."
January 26, 2018
As ITIF’s Stephen Ezell told Christian Science Monitor, “China has fundamentally rejected the notion of comparative advantage. China wants absolute advantage while having the unfettered ability to sell in global markets.”
January 22, 2018
“Other nations have responded with smart, well-funded innovation policies like better R&D tax incentives, more government funding for research, more funding for technology commercialization initiatives,” ITIF President Rob Atkinson told Bloomberg. 
January 21, 2018
Brazil, China, Indonesia, Russia, and Vietnam were among 2017’s worst innovation mercantilism, according to a new ITIF report.
January 20, 2018
ITIF President Rob Atkinson told Wired that, following tax reform, American tech companies may be better equipped to fend off challengers in China with lower cost structures. The corporate tax rate, Atkinson argues, could help smaller companies compete.
January 18, 2018
“The challenge is that you need a certain kind of geographic site,” ITIF’s David Hart told Popular Science. Add to that the environmental concerns and the long permitting process to build a hydro plant, and it becomes harder to construct new facilities.
January 14, 2018
Daniel Castro, vice president of ITIF, outlines another problem: “People like fake news. It reinforces their beliefs.”