News Clips

September 27, 2020
The semiconductor measure is something no Republican would have supported a decade ago, according to Rob Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank that promotes industrial policy. “Not in a million years. They would have been pilloried for picking winners,” he said. President Trump has helped open the door to this conservative shift by repeatedly speaking about the importance of American manufacturing and by raising alarms about the competitive threat China poses, Atkinson said. But for the most part, he said, “these views and sentiments have not really translated into an industrial policy that is supported by any real spending."
September 25, 2020
A separate report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation argues that nations shouldn’t focus on building self-contained ecosystems for chips but continue to foster a cooperative model that has allowed for a surge in innovation and lowered costs. “Each segment of the global semiconductor value chain has, on average, enterprises from 25 countries involved directly, and enterprises from 23 countries in support functions,” the report said.
September 23, 2020
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a think tank for science and technology policy, concludes in a recent report that gene-editing technologies like CRISPR could lead to a 50% improvement in agricultural productivity by 2050.
September 22, 2020
“Privacy and security is a really important obstacle to overcome to make sure any frameworks for data portability are effective,” said Hodan Omaar, a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. The center, in its comments to the FTC, said the commission should target any requirements for data portability on industries like health care or financial services, where there’s a clear consumer benefit. 
September 22, 2020
According to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, DMCA has two weak spots: the first being the exclusion of foreign piracy websites, and the second being its focus on “the takedown” function, where owners can request any sites to remove the illegal content. Nonetheless, the function is inefficient due to the resilience of illegal websites, said Ashley Johnson, a research analyst.
September 22, 2020
Though US users technically have more alternatives, a migration will not be easy, said Daniel Castro at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington DC-based tech policy institute. Even if users find alternatives, Trump’s ban sets a dangerous precedent.
September 22, 2020
The reason for the shift on conservative thinking is China, said Robert Atkinson, president of the Washington based Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He said for the past few decades, there was a sense among most mainstream Washington politicians that China was going to be a responsible global actor. “That view now has been largely rejected,” he said. 
September 21, 2020
The semiconductor industry is on the verge of a legislative victory later this year when Congress passes the annual National Defense Authorization Act. Language in both the House and Senate versions authorize tax incentives and grants for semiconductor manufacturing. But even if the legislation is approved, don’t expect U.S. companies to shut off relations with overseas partners to return jobs to the United States, John Neuffer, president and CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association, said during a discussion last week organized by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
September 20, 2020
While the United States already has taken unprecedented steps to sever technology links to China, tougher action could lie ahead. The administration is considering limits on sales of the equipment China needs to produce computer chips, which would likely involve a major clash with Silicon Valley, analysts said. Companies such as Applied Materials, Lam Research and KLA-Tenor, which dominate the global market for chip-making gear, are reluctant to lose out on China’s massive spending. “There definitely will be pushback on the tougher strategy,” said Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
September 19, 2020
“It’s good that Trump greenlit this deal. Everybody loses with a ban,” said Daniel Castro, vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. “These surprise announcements catch everyone off-guard and leave companies scrambling. It’s not good policy making.”