News Clips

June 17, 2021
Rob Atkinson, the president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, said the mismatch reminds him of the longtime subsidies Washington doled out to tobacco farmers even as it taxed cigarettes and funded anti-smoking campaigns.“These are very contradictory forces that are at work,” said Atkinson, adding that escalating antitrust efforts will put America’s major tech firms “into a defensive crouch ... when we want them in the ring fighting as hard as possible, because they’re going to be competing against China.”
June 16, 2021
A new bill would create a special committee at the U.S. International Trade Commission that would have the power to quickly block imports if they rely on trade secrets misappropriated by... 
June 15, 2021
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), whose board includes representatives from tech companies, issued a statement warning that a “populist approach to antitrust” would “cause lasting self-inflicted damage that benefits foreign, less meritorious rivals.” 
June 14, 2021
Because the FCC doesn’t have authority over web companies, Congress would have to step in. “It’s a ticking time bomb, and only getting worse. But I don’t see Congress moving quickly on this,” said Doug Brake, director of broadband and spectrum policy at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a nonprofit research outfit. “Really almost any proposed source of funding is going to be con
June 14, 2021
Policy experts also noted that the G-7 proposal would only work if all major economies agreed to implement the minimum tax into law."If one [country] is going to do this, you need to do it all together so that nobody gains an unfair advantage," said Robert Atkinson, president of ITIF, an independent, nonpartisan research group based in Washington, D.C.
June 10, 2021
This one of many “innovation mercantilist” tactics that Chinese state has practiced for years, according to a recent report and event by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation which details China’s deleterious impact on competitive international ecosystems for semiconductors, telecommunications equipment, biopharmaceuticals, solar photovoltaics, and high-speed rail. Co-author Stephen Ezell estimates that the US loses out on some 5000 semiconductors patents annually because of this predation.
June 7, 2021
The European backwardness in the face of American and Chinese predominance has already been highlighted by numerous studies and in particular a study published earlier this year by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation which compared the policies and strengths of China, the United States and the European Union to using 30 metrics, including human talent, research activity, business development, and investment in hardware and software. 
June 4, 2021
This week, King county, Washington, became the first county in the US to ban its sheriff’s office and other agencies from using facial recognition technology in nearly all circumstances.
June 3, 2021
Still, the fact that both parties are finding reasons to back government-funded research amounts to a changed landscape, according to Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
May 24, 2021
“There is absolutely no need or compelling rationale” for the IP waiver, according to Stephen Ezell, vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a technology think tank.Once a country forces the disclosure of know-how, there would be no control over who has access to it, he told The Epoch Times.This will not only affect the COVID-19 vaccines, but also non-COVID-related drugs and therapies using mRNA technology.“What’s absurd is their assertion that such a waiver wouldn’t lead to China getting their hands on technologies innovative companies have invested billions to develop; and instead of China getting through stealing it, our own government would be complicit in compelling its handover,” Ezell said.