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September 23, 2021
However, numerous tech experts, civil libertarians, and others say that it’s impossible to build a backdoor that can’t be exploited by hackers. They also say that by banning encryption, the United States would be following in the footsteps of authoritarian countries such as China, which recently blocked Signal. “It is important to understand that any kind of back door (or front door) access for the ‘good guys’ can also be exploited by the ‘bad guys,’” the pro-industry Information Technology & Innovation Foundation stated in a July 2020 report, in the midst of the Apple-Barr controversy. “For example, key escrow systems would introduce new attack vectors that could allow attackers to gain access to encrypted information, such as by compromising the system that maintains copies of the keys.”
September 23, 2021
David Hart, a senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and professor of public policy at George Mason University, concurred with Zuber's assessment, saying, "The main thing is you've got to have is some kind of dispatchable power, whether it's storage, whether it's, you know, natural gas with carbon capture, or whether it's nuclear." "That's the hole that we'd have to fill out without emissions," Hart said, but he qualified that it's still unclear whether fusion will be up to the task. "The inventors are always going to be, you know, super enthusiastic about their widget, and they should be," he said. "You want them to be working all night trying to make it work, but that doesn't mean every single one of them is going to succeed. Take them with a grain of salt."
September 23, 2021
“It’s still a long-term priority goal that we obviously thus far haven’t seen the Biden administration or Congress put much emphasis on,” said Nigel Cory, an associate director covering trade policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
September 22, 2021
According to a 2021 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers cited by Booth, teamwork and communication skills are among the top skills employers are searching for. While demand for these skills grows, research from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation suggests that VR’s potential for immersive learning may prove useful in closing achievement gaps in K-12 schools.
September 20, 2021
But for other governments, relations with China have deteriorated to the extent that its admission borders on the inconceivable. “Countering China’s political, economic, and cyber influence is the animating motivation at the heart of many Australian and Japanese policies. The strategic calculus about China is solidifying in both countries,” says Nigel Cory, a trade expert at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington, dc, and a former Australian diplomat.  
September 20, 2021
Contrary to the prevailing narrative that job insecurity is on the rise due to new “industry 4.0” technologies, jobs across the U.S. economy are more secure now than at any point in the past two decades, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the think tank for science and technology policy.
September 14, 2021
Nigel Cory, associate director for trade policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), joined “Explain to Shane” to discuss how the patchwork of data regulations and privacy regimes across the globe is hampering digital trade and constructing more barriers to data retention across borders. Below is an edited and abridged transcript of our talk. You can listen to this and other episodes of “Explain to Shane” on AEI.org and subscribe via your preferred listening platform. You can also read the full transcript of our discussion here. If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review, and tell your friends and colleagues to tune in.
September 14, 2021
Following in the footsteps of Snap’s Spectacles and Amazon’s Echo Frames, Facebook’s newly announced Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses are the latest effort to transition digital communications from handheld devices to wearable displays. Some people may find these new devices “creepy” at first, because they constantly gather and process information about both users and bystanders. If history is any indication, reactionary calls for legal restraints will soon follow — but demands for new regulations targeted at immersive technologies are premature. Instead, technology-neutral federal privacy legislation can address most of the concerns about these wearable devices.
September 13, 2021
Concerns that emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and automation could wipe out wide swaths of American jobs aren’t backed up by data, according to a Sept. 13 reportreleased by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. The report examines decades’ worth of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics across 10 industries—construction, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, wholesale trade, financial activities, information, education and health services, and manufacturing. The report found rates of job loss in each industry were lower in the third quarter of 2020 than in 1995.
September 13, 2021
Investment promotion is an ideal springboard for the rollout of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) across government services, according to a report by US think tank the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).  Some investment promotion agencies (IPA) have already begun experimenting with immersive technologies, and uptake is expected to accelerate as continuing travel restrictions and digitisation reshape their operations. The report, released by the ITIF in August, argues that AR and VR’s ability to overcome the barriers of physical space has huge potential in activities that heavily rely on site visits. “The big takeaway that a lot of [investment] agencies don’t recognise is that this technology is available and affordable now,” says Ellysse Dick, ITIF policy analyst and co-author of the report. “This isn’t a future projection: it’s something they can start to integrate into their activities at this moment.”

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