"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."
July 1, 2020
"'California is definitely a standout in a lot of different ways … it has set the standard and the bar that other states are following,' said Ashley Johnson, of the Internet Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). The Golden State’s efforts have spurred action — or at least discussion — of the issue at the federal level. But whether a bipartisan compromise can be achieved remains to be seen."
July 1, 2020
"When it comes to public safety, the situation is even more clear: a 2019 survey by the Center for Data Innovation, a nonprofit nonpartisan research institute, showed that 'if it would come at the expense of public safety, then just 18 percent of Americans would agree with limiting surveillance cameras and the same percentage would agree for facial recognition.'"
June 29, 2020
Following Wrongful Arrest of Black Man, Advocates Uneasy About 'Flawed' Facial Recognition Use in Policing
"Daniel Castro, vice-president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington, D.C., who supports the technology, says that while the circumstances around the case of Robert Williams are 'inexcusable' and involved 'so many human failures,' facial recognition systems can be responsibly used to identify suspects."
June 25, 2020
"The two-year review shines an unflattering light on many of these shortcomings, yet the commission seems determined to double down by layering on even more rules," said Eline Chivot, a policy analyst from Center for Data Innovation, referring to the upcoming regulatory framework for AI and an extension of the right to data portability.
June 22, 2020
“It does seem to be a fact-intensive inquiry, and something that we don’t in particular have extensive experience on here,” Starks said during a virtual panel on the executive order convened by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a centrist think-tank.
June 19, 2020
A report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation argues that breaking with international supply chains would do little to boost U.S. innovation or competitiveness and would inhibit the medical innovation race against China.
June 18, 2020
The problem, Castro said, is determining how much to allow. “There’s so much gray area,” he said. “No matter where you draw that line, you’re going to have very dissatisfied consumers.”
June 17, 2020
Federal funding for R&D as a share of GDP is now below where it was in 1957, according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a think tank. In government funding for university research as a share of GDP, the US is 28th of 39 nations, and 12 of those nations invest more than twice the proportion the US does.
June 17, 2020
Starks gave his take on the topic in an interview with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a left-leaning think tank that pursues tech-related issues. While he is just one of five commissioners and the FCC has yet to consider the order in any official sense, his words have weight, as they indicate serious legal and procedural objections to it.“The executive order definitely gets one thing right, and that is that the president cannot instruct the FCC to do this or anything else,” he said. “We’re an independent agency.”