News Clips

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.”
July 6, 2020
"'It provides a lot of the funding for connectivity and the actual medical offices to start adopting the technology, buying iPads or subscribing to Zoom. That funding gets them over that hump of initially using it,' Daniel Castro, vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, told Protocol."
July 6, 2020
"In fact, Pittsburgh could be one of the nation’s next Silicon Valley hubs, according to a 2019 report by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, part of the Brookings Institution, and the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a science and technology think tank."
July 4, 2020
"Daniel Castro of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a Washington think tank, said however it would be counterproductive to ban a technology which automates investigative tasks and enables police to be more productive."
July 3, 2020
"He’s also concerned about a drop in research and high-level thinking that tend to lead to breakthrough ideas. A study of 4,500 top scientists in the United States and Europe found a 'sharp decline' in research during the pandemic. Child-care problems were the biggest factor. In an early warning sign, new patent applications to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office fell 9 percent this May vs. May 2019, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation found."

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