News Clips

August 14, 2021
David Hart, a science policy expert at George Mason University, told the journal ScienceInsider that the hydrogen inclusion in the Senate infrastructure bill was notable and a sign of buy-in from Washington, including $8 billion tagged for regional hydrogen hubs. EV-maker Nikola Corp. NKLA, -3.38% said Thursday it had earned a grant for research on autonomous refueling of hydrogen stations. And Wall Street has already carved out its piece of the action, with at least two hydrogen-related exchange-traded funds, the Global X Hydrogen ETF HYDR, -2.18% and the Direxion Hydrogen ETF HJEN, -1.15%.
August 12, 2021
“Our political leaders have to accept that there’s going to be some failure,” said David Hart, senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a science and technology policy think tank. “Ultimately there has to be a climate policy that creates this market.”
August 11, 2021
ScienceInsider spoke with David Hart, a science policy expert at George Mason University who has been closely following the bill, about its research-related provisions. This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.  
August 10, 2021
“It would have been a missed opportunity if the Senate’s infrastructure package doubled down on 20th-century transportation policy. So it is an important accomplishment that the bill includes measures to spur innovation, particularly by advancing a national vehicle-miles-traveled payment system, “ said Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
August 4, 2021
And Brake has issues with the $100 million minimum that each state is slated to receive for high-speed internet. He said that smaller, denser states like Connecticut may not need that much money to provide complete coverage to its citizens. “To get something through the Senate, that’s kind of the price of doing business,” said Brake. “Everyone’s got to get something.” Still, Brake said the Senate’s infrastructure deal is a marked improvement from recent proposals like the BRIDGE Act, which would’ve ignored the lack of broadband maps and divvied up federal funds through imprecise metrics like raw population and the percentage of rural or low-income citizens.  “I think it could be potentially more efficient if this was sort of run through a single process within the federal government,” Brake said. “[But] it’s improved a lot in this new version.”
August 3, 2021
Broadband also receives one of the largest single spending lines in the bill, with $65 billion promised to bring high-speed Internet to more Americans in areas where it is either prohibitively expensive or unavailable. Doug Brake, director of broadband and spectrum policy for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, praised the bill for widening the definition of areas considered “unserved.”“This change will prioritize funds toward areas lacking 25/3 Mbps broadband, rather than 100/100, which means a better focus on connecting the truly unserved and more flexibility to achieve greater coverage,” Brake said in a statement. “Permanent expansion of ‘affordable connectivity’ low-income subsidies is also a major plus, which hopefully congress will fund into the future.”
August 3, 2021
“Early proposals from the administration indicated an intent to transform broadband into an old-fashioned utility through massive, wasteful overbuilding,” said Doug Brake, director of broadband policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. “Significant improvements ... have brought it much closer to something ITIF could support.”
July 28, 2021
Privacy is also a concern with emerging technology. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation says that AR could “continually collect, analyze and display personal data in actual time”. This may be a challenge to current norms. According to the nonprofit, AR will require social and legal changes in order for privacy and public space to change as more companies adopt it.
July 26, 2021
A new law designed to regulate artificial intelligence in Europe could end up costing the EU economy 31 billion euros ($36 billion) over the next five years, according to a report from Washington-based think tank the Center for Data Innovation released on Sunday. The Artificial Intelligence Act — a proposed law put forward by the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU — will be the “world’s most restrictive regulation of AI,” according to the center. “It will not only limit AI development and use in Europe but impose significant costs on EU businesses and consumers,” the organization said in the report.
July 23, 2021
Opponents of an IP waiver say it would compromise critical aspects of production, leaving partnerships with vaccine makers a better option for getting doses out the door. “This is the type of thing that opponents of the waiver have been calling for,” said Jaci McDole, a senior policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Partnerships are how companies “get these vaccines and therapeutics to the people that need them” while “making sure they maintain quality control through the supply chain.”