News Clips

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. 
April 8, 2018
"China uses mercantile practices and the Trump administration is right to contest those actions, but there are many reasons the tariff approach is not the right one," ITIF’s Stephen Ezell told the Agence France-Presse. With tariffs, he said, "US consumers and businesses will pay more in the long term. We need to take on China but we shouldn't be penalizing ourselves in the process."
April 7, 2018
In a conversation with CNNMoney, ITIF President Rob Atkinson argues that big business is the driving engine of the American economy, creating more jobs, paying better wages, and — by some metrics — complying better with environmental and workplace laws.
April 5, 2018
“Trump’s actions do represent a watershed moment. They are clearly meant to show the administration believes the status quo is no longer acceptable or sustainable,” ITIF’s Stephen Ezell told MarketWatch. “Unless we can demonstrate that we are resolute, we won’t be able to wrest any changes from China.”
April 4, 2018
Reuters notes an ITIF submission to the U.S. government during the tariff investigation showing that 10 percent duties levied on Chinese ICT imports would slow the growth of U.S. output by $163 billion over the next 10 years.
April 3, 2018
“The Trump administration is right to push back against China’s abuse of economic and trade policy,” ITIF President Robert Atkinson told the Associated Press. However, he said the proposed U.S. tariffs “would hurt companies in the U.S. by raising the prices and reducing consumption of the capital equipment they rely on to produce their goods and services.” 
April 2, 2018
“A number of tech companies are facing reputational challenges, including Facebook, Google and now Amazon, with the president’s latest salvo about their purported unfair competition,” ITIF President Rob Atkinson told the Washington Post. “The market appears to believe that these will translate into new policy challenges for the sector, including potentially European-style antitrust enforcement and privacy regulation.”
March 26, 2018
“This is one more step in the broader confrontation with China,” ITIF’s Doug Brake told the New York Times.