News Clips

May 3, 2019
Society is entering the third wave of the digital economy, creating a new set of challenges. “Implementing the next wave of digital technologies will be much more difficult from a sociopolitical perspective than it was during the last two digital transformations because there is broader and stiffer opposition today," Rob Atkinson writes.
May 1, 2019
The EU’s focus on data privacy comes at innovation’s expense, according to some experts. Opportunities to use data in health care “are going to remain out-of-reach if the data is locked away” under the GDPR, Daniel Castro told Bloomberg Law.
April 30, 2019
“A lot of people still don’t understand what it is,” Daniel Castro told StateScoop. “It’s a complicated technology and we wanted to tease out government’s role and provide general principles policymakers can use to regulate or not regulate it.”
April 30, 2019
Nextgov covered a panel discussion hosted by ITIF that addressed the policy challenges and opportunities blockchain creates as a budding technology. It was held in coordination with the ITIF’s release of a new report on how policymakers should approach the new tech space.
April 25, 2019
“The US still retains a lead in some areas, but that lead is diminishing over time, and more than that, it is clear that China is accelerating its investments in AI while the US has no concrete plan on how it is going to handle this,” Daniel Castro told the Financial Times. “There is really no expectation that the US will come out on top in this battle for global dominance.” 
April 16, 2019
"The adoption of this reform reflects the unfortunate way in which policymakers tend to directly copy and paste offline world regulations to the online world," Eline Chivot told TechNewsWorld.
April 15, 2019
As Axios noted, Rob Atkinson instead calls for a tax credit for investing in robots, calling predictions of job loss from automation overblown.
April 10, 2019
As reported by Axios, a new ITIF report shows America is holding on to a narrow lead in a number of new technologies that will shape the future, but China is rapidly catching up. 
April 10, 2019
“To hold algorithms to a higher standard than human decisions implies that automated decisions are inherently less trustworthy or more dangerous than human ones, which is not the case,” said Daniel Castro told Reuters. “This would only serve to stigmatize and discourage AI use, which could reduce its beneficial social and economic impacts.” 
April 10, 2019
“If a certain decision carries a high risk of harming consumers, it should make no difference whether an algorithm or a person makes that decision,” Daniel Castro told the Associated Press.