News Clips

September 14, 2021
Nigel Cory, associate director for trade policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), joined “Explain to Shane” to discuss how the patchwork of data regulations and privacy regimes across the globe is hampering digital trade and constructing more barriers to data retention across borders. Below is an edited and abridged transcript of our talk. You can listen to this and other episodes of “Explain to Shane” on and subscribe via your preferred listening platform. You can also read the full transcript of our discussion here. If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review, and tell your friends and colleagues to tune in.
September 14, 2021
Following in the footsteps of Snap’s Spectacles and Amazon’s Echo Frames, Facebook’s newly announced Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses are the latest effort to transition digital communications from handheld devices to wearable displays. Some people may find these new devices “creepy” at first, because they constantly gather and process information about both users and bystanders. If history is any indication, reactionary calls for legal restraints will soon follow — but demands for new regulations targeted at immersive technologies are premature. Instead, technology-neutral federal privacy legislation can address most of the concerns about these wearable devices.
September 13, 2021
Concerns that emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and automation could wipe out wide swaths of American jobs aren’t backed up by data, according to a Sept. 13 reportreleased by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. The report examines decades’ worth of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics across 10 industries—construction, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, wholesale trade, financial activities, information, education and health services, and manufacturing. The report found rates of job loss in each industry were lower in the third quarter of 2020 than in 1995.
September 13, 2021
Investment promotion is an ideal springboard for the rollout of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) across government services, according to a report by US think tank the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).  Some investment promotion agencies (IPA) have already begun experimenting with immersive technologies, and uptake is expected to accelerate as continuing travel restrictions and digitisation reshape their operations. The report, released by the ITIF in August, argues that AR and VR’s ability to overcome the barriers of physical space has huge potential in activities that heavily rely on site visits. “The big takeaway that a lot of [investment] agencies don’t recognise is that this technology is available and affordable now,” says Ellysse Dick, ITIF policy analyst and co-author of the report. “This isn’t a future projection: it’s something they can start to integrate into their activities at this moment.”
September 10, 2021
"There is a consensus, even among people who run social media companies, that there are growing problems with the way we interact and communicate, and share information online," says Ashley Johnson, a policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. "Any time you get together millions or people, you're going to amplify the best in people, and you're going to amplify the worst," she continues. "We've definitely seen that, and we haven't figured out how to maximise the good and minimise the bad. That's what I think of when I hear 'reboot social media'."
September 7, 2021
“We’re relatively deep into the administration compared to past presidents,” said Doug Brake, director of broadband and spectrum policy at public policy think tank Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, who added that he is hoping the commission will soon have a full slate.
September 4, 2021
“This isn't something you can turn on overnight — you’ve got a 12- to 15-year lag, so the longer we wait to start implementing this, it's going to be even longer before we can start getting revenue from it,” said Rob Atkinson, president of Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a science and technology think tank, who chaired a 2009 panel that studied funding options for infrastructure.
September 3, 2021
“It expands access to opportunity,” she said of its applications. “A virtual field trip isn’t a full replacement for a real-life field trip, but for those students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to visit places that might be a bus ride away for others, VR can give them opportunities to experience some of those things.”  “A lot of this is possible right now,” she added. “We talk about the potential, but the technology already exists to do that. It’s just a matter of getting it in the classroom.” Dick said interest in AR/VR for education had already been rising prior to 2020, when schools and universities adopted digital learning tools mostly out of necessity. According to the report, 85 percent of public school teachers reported seeing “great value” in AR/VR ed-tech platforms in a 2019 survey. Additionally, two-thirds of higher education institutions had either partially or fully deployed AR/VR solutions in 2018.
September 3, 2021
USPS also has several other IT initiatives underway to combat those concerns. For instance, they are looking into using autonomous vehicles for mail delivery and monetising their geolocation data. A February Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report touted the use of robotics for last-mile postal delivery. Extraordinary innovation has occurred at the USPS and the work that is occurring by building an enterprise-wide AI program for the USPS can be a motivator for the U.S. federal government and commercial businesses and enterprises around the globe.
September 2, 2021
Even critics acknowledge EU has managed to win over many AI researchers. “The US government does little to promote or defend its own digital policies,” said Daniel Castro, vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington DC think tank that has warned of the act’s cost to European companies. “In contrast, EU policymakers show no such restraint,” Castro said. “They argue that other countries, particularly the US, are not doing enough to regulate AI. Therefore it is not too surprising that AI researchers echo the message they constantly receive.