News Clips

December 20, 2021
According to a recent report from the policy think tank Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, AR/VR technology could prove a “promising addition” to digital learning toolkits at schools and universities, eventually.Ellysse Dick, a policy analyst from ITIF and author of the report, said AR/VR programs enable experiential lessons that might make up for learning loss that occurred over the past two years.
December 17, 2021
All told, the US Department of Energy could see its budget for energy research and development more than double if Build Back Better passes — from around $8 billion to more than $20 billion annually over the next five years — according to an analysis by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank based in Washington DC (see ‘Budget boost’). Much of that funding, already locked in through the infrastructure act, is directed towards large-scale projects to prove the feasibility of technologies such as carbon-capture systems and clean hydrogen production.
December 16, 2021
“In some ways the most significant developments in digital policymaking, at least for Washington, is what did not happen,” said Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation think tank, pointing to ongoing debates like antitrust and privacy.
December 15, 2021
“I think if there is legislation, it’s going to be very broad, in order to try to compromise and break this really large gap between the two parties,” Ashley Johnson, a senior policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, says in a report accompanying the survey results.
December 13, 2021
After the United States blacklisted Sensetime, the Chinese artificial intelligence company is postponing its big stock market debut. The United States says Sensetime is involved in human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region.
December 10, 2021
An ITIF study of the demographics of innovation finds the current peak age for innovation is 47 in the USA.
December 8, 2021
“What the BBB provides is a pull from the market side,” said David Hart, director of the Center for Clean Energy Innovation at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.If the BBB doesn’t pass, “it raises the risk of some of those demonstration projects not leading to commercial projects,” Hart told Cipher.
December 8, 2021
Today’s Hub Dialogue is with the founder and president of the U.S.-based Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, Robert Atkinson. Atkinson, who was born in Calgary, is one of Washington’s leading policy thinkers on innovation and technology, including how these issues interact with geopolitics and political economy. In 2018, he co-authored a book with Michael Lind entitled Big is Beautiful: Debunking the Myth of Small Business. He recently published a paper with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute entitled Big is Beautiful: Strengthening Growth and Competitiveness in the Canadian Economywhich draws on some of the book’s insights and analysis for the Canadian context. 
December 8, 2021
“Kids these days are growing up in a world where everything takes place online just as much as it takes place in real life,” said Ashley Johnson, a senior policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. “Teaching them how to live in that world, it makes sense. It’s a smart decision, and it could also potentially give them skills that they need for the workplace, because social media can be a great tool for professional development as well.”
December 3, 2021
AI is illustrated by a pool of technologies that urgently need to be appropriated and standardized. However, "many in Europe do not trust AI and consider it a technology to be feared and limited, rather than welcoming and promoting," notes the Center for Data Innovation think tank.

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