News Clips

October 18, 2019
"In the broader sense, this agreement represents progress towards putting in place the new types of agreements that are needed to manage legitimate issues, like cross-border data flows," Nigel Cory told U.S. News & World Report. "It's a positive approach that countries can take to address what is a legitimate concern without resorting to harmful other approaches such as local data storage and stuff."
October 17, 2019
In the past, politicians have mainly demanded a so-called “backdoor” to encryption on national security grounds, Daniel Castro told the Financial Times. “That strategy has failed so we’ve seen a refocus in the last few months on protecting children. That argument they’re hoping will have more currency with the public,” he said. “It will put more pressure on the platforms and they are going to have to demonstrate ways that law enforcement can be effective without undermining encryption.”
October 4, 2019
“It’s troubling because once other countries go down this route, it’s going to be a free-for-all,” Daniel Castro told the Washington Post. “A particular royal could say, ‘No, you cannot insult the king or queen,’ and Facebook could have to enforce that globally, possibly even for speakers outside of the country.”
October 3, 2019
“What is prohibited in one nation may not be in another, including within the EU and between its member states,” Eline Chivot told the Financial Times. “Expanding content bans worldwide will undermine internet users’ right to access information and freedom of expression in other countries. This precedent will embolden other countries, including those with little respect for free speech, to make similar demands.”
October 1, 2019
“The concern about ISP blocking or throttling videos that compete with their streaming products, we really haven’t seen that and I wouldn’t expect us to see that,” Doug Brake told the San Francisco Chronicle.
September 27, 2019
As the Seattle Times reports, 39 groups led by ITIF sent an open letter to Congress cautioning that “bans would keep this important tool out of the hands of law enforcement officers, making it harder for them to do their jobs efficiently, stay safe, and protect our communities.” Instead, the groups urged lawmakers to develop guidance, additional training and expanded testing standards for law enforcement use of facial recognition technology.
September 27, 2019
The U.S. is "the best country in the world in science" and reached the peak position in medical research as other regions, such as Europe, "shot themselves in the foot" and moved their research and development capabilities to America, ITIF President Rob Atkinson said at the Atlantic Festival. "It's surprising how many European companies do their R&D in the United States; we didn't make that mistake (of relocating R&D)."
September 26, 2019
The tech community is urging Congress to steer clear of enacting a blanket ban on facial recognition technology, warning doing so could rid law enforcement of a crucial tool to keep communities safe, the Washington Examiner reports.
September 26, 2019
As Bloomber Law reports, a coalition of law enforcement and tech groups led by ITIF is urging Congress not to prevent police from using facial recognition tools. Lawmakers should consider “many of the viable alternatives to bans so that law enforcement can use facial recognition technology safely, accurately, and effectively,” the group said in an open letter. 
September 24, 2019
Daniel Castro told the Washington Post that the E.U. shouldn’t be allowed to impose its own rules on other countries, and that the bloc should “seek to strike a better balance as it crafts other laws and regulations affecting the Internet.”

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