News Clips

September 1, 2021
Senior policy analyst Ben Mueller was author of the Center for Data Innovation study. He says his figure takes into account the cost of a quality management system, a regulatory compliance standard that costs hundreds of thousands of euros to set up. European Commission staff said that the cost of a quality management system is not taken into account in the EU’s impact assessment, because most companies making AI systems already have such regulatory systems in place and to do so would be “misleading.” “The debate rests on what fraction of AI systems will be deemed high risk,” Mueller said, pointing to a segment of the EU’s impact assessment report that said the definition of high risk will determine how much of AI development spending goes toward compliance costs.
September 1, 2021
Nigel Cory, associate director for trade policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, described the Schrems II case and its aftermath as turning the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) “into the world’s largest de facto data localization framework.”
September 1, 2021
“AR/VR as an educational tool is hardly a novel concept, but immersive learning has only recently transitioned from small-scale experimentation to a multimillion-dollar market with rapidly growing use,” said Ellysse Dick, ITIF policy analyst and author of the report. “AR/VR technologies expand the possibilities of learning environments from K–12 classrooms to medical schools by enhancing collaboration and hands-on learning and providing individualized learning approaches that can help students at all levels.”
August 30, 2021
“China’s recent sort of [data] laws give the government a much more direct role in overseeing and controlling commercial data,” said Nigel Cory, an associate director at US-based think tank the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, which studies restrictive government rules on data flow globally. However, Beijing still wants private firms to be “in the driver’s seat” in developing China’s digital economy, while taking on a far more direct role in overseeing exactly who has what data, and ensuring that more firms can play a role in the digital space, said Cory. 
August 29, 2021
As AI and machine learning become more and more widespread in the global economy, there is an increasing focus on the hardware that drives them. Currently, nearly all AI systems run on a chip known as a GPU that was designed for video gaming.  Are current chip designs fit for purpose in an AI future, or is a new type of chip needed? The answer could have profound consequences for the IT sector. Hodan Omaar is a policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
August 27, 2021
In this episode of the Discourse Magazine Podcast, Mercatus senior research fellow Alden Abbott speaks with Rob Atkinson about the Biden administration’s recent executive order on competition, privacy and free speech issues in Big Tech, two competing philosophies of antitrust law and much more. Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank focused on science and technology policy. He has served on various presidential commissions throughout the Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump administrations, and he has also authored several books, most recently “Big Is Beautiful: Debunking the Mythology of Small Business.”
August 26, 2021
It may only be a matter of time before artificial intelligence technologies become relatively common in workplaces. But that prospect raises concerns ranging from privacy to possible bias and much more. Hodan Omaar thinks public sector employers can help solve some of those concerns by becoming responsible early adopters of AI for workforce decisions. She is a policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s Center for Data Innovation, and the author of a new paper on AI in the workplace. She joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about it. 
August 23, 2021
“Digital solutions hold enormous promise to transform U.S. government services,” said Ashley Johnson, policy analyst at ITIF and co-author of the report. “These solutions can streamline outdated processes and provide Americans with faster, more convenient, and more personalized access to their government.”  
August 23, 2021
The last 10 years have seen a breathtaking pace of technological innovation in every area of our economy and society. These days, anyone on Earth with access to a mobile phone or laptop computer and the connection to the Internet can access almost the entire sum total of human knowledge with the click of a button. American high-tech companies are creating a whole new industries along with millions of jobs and millions of dollars. At the same time, all of this new innovation brings complicated questions about privacy, security, economic balance, and government regulation. One of America’s undisputed leaders in navigating all of these issues is Rob Atkinson. He’s the founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), recognized as the world’s top think tank for science and technology policy.  The New Republic has named Rob of the “three most important thinkers about innovation.” He’s the author of many books, a leader on countless government boards and councils, he’s testified numerous times before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and he appears frequently on news and public affairs programs on BBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and NBC Nightly News. 
August 16, 2021
“Perhaps the single biggest criticism of the RUC system is that it violates travelers’ privacy,” said the Information Technology Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in a 2019 policy guide. But ITIF believes such fears are overblown. The think tank attempted to overcome such concerns by noting misperceptions surrounding RUC system, including that GPS does not work two-way.  “The car knows where it is thanks to the GPS, but the GPS itself does not know where the car is,” ITIF said. “There is no external tracking involved.”