News Clips

July 28, 2020
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a pro-tech think tank, released a report Thursday concluding there's ample competition in tech and that tweaking or more stringently enforcing antitrust law would be a poor way to address concerns not dealing with competition.
July 27, 2020
“This is the big moment for the [companies] to really show that what they’re doing is pro-innovation and pro-consumer,” said Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, which counts some of those companies’ officials on its board of directors.“If they don’t do that well, and if the members push back enough, you could see it as a turning point where from now on, it’s going to be much harder slogging for the industry,” Atkinson said.
July 27, 2020
"Platforms create significant economic value," Joe Kennedy, a senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank that generally opposes antitrust actions in the tech sector, writes in a recent report. "Far from being lazy monopolists that try to increase profits by artificially reducing supply, these companies seek to grow rapidly. They are constantly innovating to attract new users and retain the ones they have."
July 22, 2020
“Foreign tech companies should not be kept out of the US market because of rumours and innuendo,” said Daniel Castro, vice-president of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a leading US tech think-tank. “Doing so not only risks immediate retaliation for US companies, but it also would establish a global norm where countries are free to impose trade restrictions on digital goods and services for vague and undefined national security threats.”
July 21, 2020
“The US government should not ban TikTok simply because it is owned by a Chinese company,” said Daniel Castro, vice-president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a public policy think tank in Washington.
July 21, 2020
After the House voted to bar TikTok on government devices, a leading tech research institute is warning the Trump administration against banning the Chinese-owned video app in the U.S. — an idea floated in recent weeks by top officials and the president himself. Instead, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation argues, members of Congress should prove that TikTok has done wrong, as lawmakers claim it has, and then U.S. regulators should hold TikTok accountable for any missteps.
July 16, 2020
The founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Dr. Atkinson is an internationally recognized scholar and a widely published author whom The New Republic has named one of the “three most important thinkers about innovation,” Washingtonian Magazine has called a “tech titan,” Government Technology Magazine has judged to be one of the 25 top “doers, dreamers and drivers of information technology,” and the Wharton Business School has given the “Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award.”
July 16, 2020
Eline Chivot, senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation, described the impact well in a statement Thursday: "The decision delivers a severe blow to the operations of over 5,000 European and American companies who use the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield as the legal basis for transatlantic data transfers. It will immediately upend, and in many cases even halt, data transfers between the EU and the United States, leaving many businesses with no suitable alternative."
July 16, 2020
“Today’s decision is nothing short of irresponsible” said Eline Chivot, senior policy analyst at tech policy think tank ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation. "In the midst of a global pandemic during which global data flows are more vital than ever, it puts all global data transfers from the EU at risk and wreaks havoc on the digital economy."
July 14, 2020
In a memo out Monday from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the industry-friendly think tank recounts federal efforts to stymie the spread of encryption and takes aim at the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act (S. 4051), calling it “an extreme and unjustified measure” and a “nuclear option” that would “make commercial products used by ordinary consumers and businesses less secure.” Backdoor bills, ITIF said, would sacrifice “long-term gains in cybersecurity and national competitiveness for short-term law enforcement capabilities.”

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