News Clips

June 10, 2019
U.S. News & World Report covered analysis by Daniel Castro and Eline Chivot showing that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) — which the EU has touted as the gold standard for data protection rules — has had no impact on consumer trust in the digital economy since it came into force last May.
June 6, 2019
"People feel frustrated with politics and feel like they don't have a voice, but buying stuff is something you do every day and you could send a message in your own way," Rob Atkinson told Axios.
June 6, 2019
“Trump’s pretty clearly made some comments about this,’’ Rob Atkinson told Bloomberg. “Over the next 18 months you’re going to see FTC and DOJ certainly be making a lot more noise.”
June 4, 2019
“Stores want to use this technology to catch shoplifting. A shoplifter is not going to opt in," Daniel Castro told the Wall Street Journal. 
June 3, 2019
“For a while, tech could do no wrong. They were the font of all innovation, and good things, and progress and democracy,” Rob Atkinson told the Washington Post. “And now the bloom is off the rose.” Atkinson, however, stressed the industry had produced some of consumers’ most well-liked services. “This is one of the reasons why this is such a hard sell,” he said. “Most consumers just don’t see a problem.”
May 28, 2019
“The point of the GDPR was to create a single digital market,” Daniel Castro told The Hill. “The U.S. is moving towards the opposite of that.” But he argued that the GDPR has failed to make much of a difference for consumers and warned that it has actually strengthened the largest tech companies. “The net effect has been that there’s been an entrenchment in the largest ad networks, which is ironically decreasing competition,” he said.
May 28, 2019
“This is a level of direct government subsidization for a company that would be unheard of in the United States or Europe,” Stephen Ezell told the Washington Post.
May 23, 2019
“A more effective strategy is to say what is the next generation of advanced technologies and what is required for them to be produced in the United States,” Stephen Ezell told Bloomberg. The administration “has got to recognize that policies like export controls are not an unalloyed good.”
May 22, 2019
As noted by Reuters, ITIF said there was a case for modifying GDPR. “If the EU wants to thrive in the algorithmic economy, it needs to reform the GDPR, such as by expanding authorized uses of AI in the public interest, allowing re-purposing of data that poses only minimal risk, not penalizing automated decision-making,” it said.
May 22, 2019
“China has few if any companies that supply technology inputs to U.S. companies that America either don’t produce or cannot buy from friendly nations. China does, however, have a dominant position in rare-earths, a position they have achieved in large part through predatory pricing,” Rob Atkinson told the Washington Post. “This now can be a potent weapon because rare-earths are key inputs to many advanced products. And while Australia produces rare-earths and the U.S. has significant rare-earth resources, ramping these up will take time.”