In a satirical post on Innovation Files, Daniel Castro points out the flaws of expecting ad-supported free services to not push back on users employing ad blockers.
Realistic Climate Strategy Requires Massive Investment in Clean Technology, Says ITIF Ahead of Paris Summit
ITIF called on UN climate negotiators meeting soon in Paris to commit to research and development initiatives that spur innovation in clean energy.
WASHINGTON—The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) today called on UN climate negotiators meeting soon in Paris to commit significant new resources to research and development initiatives that spur innovation in clean energy. ITIF said the only realistic way to reach zero carbon emissions is to accelerate breakthrough technologies that can replace fossil fuels—and achieving that goal will require a global effort to ramp up research and development to at least $100 billion per year.
“It is wishful thinking to believe that the kind of voluntary commitments countries are likely to make in Paris will have a significant impact on the growth of greenhouse emissions,” said ITIF Founder and President Robert D. Atkinson. “The world won’t be able to mitigate the effects of climate change without much more affordable and effective clean energy technologies that break fossil fuels’ grip on the global economy. Unfortunately, we are significantly underinvesting in the research and development we need to bring these advancements out of the lab and into our homes and businesses at competitive prices.”
ITIF launched a “$100 Billion Campaign” earlier this year to educate policymakers about the need for far greater investment and how clean energy innovation should be a key pillar of global climate policy. The campaign urges negotiators from all developed and emerging economies to commit to increasing public investments in clean energy innovation to at least 0.15 percent of their respective GDPs annually, which would total $100 billion a year globally. Other leading organizations, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency, also support the need for at least $100 billion per year in clean technology research to address climate change.
“Right now, we are investing less than 25 percent of what is needed to get the job done when it comes to slowing climate change. Without increased investment in clean energy innovation, it will be practically impossible to adopt clean energy at the pace and extent needed to reach near-zero carbon emissions during this century. At its core, climate change is a technology problem, so we need a technology solution. But we won’t get there without enough worldwide investment.”
Learn more about ITIF’s $100 Billion Campaign.
The innovative biotechnology involved in genetically engineering salmon promises to bring healthy and affordable food to countless consumers with lower environmental impact than traditional ocean-farmed salmon.
WASHINGTON—The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) today released the following statement from Senior Fellow Val Giddings welcoming the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of genetically engineered salmon for human consumption:
We welcome the FDA’s well considered decision on this issue. It comes after many years of careful review taking account of an unprecedented amount of data—all of which has confirmed that genetically engineered salmon are no different than any other salmon when it comes to health and safety.
The innovative biotechnology involved in genetically engineering salmon promises to bring healthy and affordable food within reach for countless consumers with lower environmental impact than traditional ocean-farmed salmon. Because these salmon will be grown in tanks on land, it eliminates the potential spread of disease and parasites from farmed salmon to wild salmon stocks. Furthermore, should they be released into the wild, the genetically engineered salmon are sterile, so they can’t breed with wild salmon. Genetically engineered salmon are also more sustainable and have a lower carbon footprint because they can be grown closer to consumers, instead of being flown or trucked from thousands of miles away. These benefits will be further compounded as lower prices encourage people to substitute fish for meat, which will boost human health.
We are happy to see policymakers embracing the kind of innovation that is central to promoting human health and ecological sustainability.
The Center for Data Innovation, an affiliated research institute of ITIF, announced that it has launched a European policy program in Brussels and has named Paul MacDonnell head of European policy.
WASHINGTON—The Center for Data Innovation, an affiliated research institute of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), today announced that it has launched a European policy program in Brussels and has named Paul MacDonnell head of European policy. MacDonnell will lead the Center’s efforts to formulate and promote public policies in Europe that maximize the benefits of data-driven innovation in the public and private sectors.
“From smart cities to the Internet of Things, data is at the heart of many European efforts to build a thriving digital economy and society,” said ITIF Vice President Daniel Castro, director of the Center. “As Europe strives to become more competitive globally and tackle issues such as an aging population, it will need to further embrace data and liberalize digital trade. We are very pleased to have Paul spearheading our efforts to help lawmakers and regulators in Brussels understand how to create public policies that enable data-driven innovation.”
MacDonnell said: “Policymakers are conducting an important dialogue about the role of data innovation in Europe’s economic growth and social well-being. I am very excited to join the Center in Brussels because it is uniquely well-positioned to contribute to this dialogue by providing thought leadership and practical guidance for policymakers.”
ITIF Founder and President Robert D. Atkinson said: “ITIF launched the Center in 2013 to bring new thinking on how to manage data in the digital economy. Launching this new policy program in Brussels is a natural extension of the Center’s mission, because Europe, like the United States, has an outsized influence on data policy around the world. Policymakers there are considering a range of important data-related issues, so it is important for there to be an impartial source of expert research and analysis.”
Efforts to establish a global ban on offensive autonomous weapons have stigmatized much-needed research that will be central to increasing economic productivity and quality of life over the next half century—but only if the technology is able to be developed, writes Daniel Castro in Computerworld.
Internet platforms operate differently than conventional markets, so the normal rules of antitrust policy do not readily apply, explains Joe Kennedy in EurActiv.
Retroactively extending the R&D tax credit and bonus depreciation—or, better yet, making them permanent—would be a great start on the corporate tax reform the United States needs, writes Joe Kennedy in The Hill.
The United States can no longer afford to stand idly by as China pursues an aggressive by-hook-or-by-crook strategy in its attempt to dominate the global technology market, argues Rob Atkinson in Forbes.
Many of the recent attacks on government-backed research conveniently ignore the huge impact that such science has provided worldwide, writes Rob Atkinson in the Christian Science Monitor.
It’s good to see Congress working to put in place policies that will see wireless-based growth continue to flourish, said Doug Brake.
WASHINGTON—Doug Brake, telecommunications policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, released the following statement commending U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) for introducing the Promoting Unlicensed Spectrum Act and welcoming the MOBILE NOW Act, a separate discussion draft circulating with the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee:
The Spectrum Pipeline Act was an important step forward, extending the FCC’s auction authority and promoting additional allocations to mobile wireless. We are very happy to see members of Congress now considering even larger reforms. Wireless services are playing an increasingly important role in the information economy, and finding the spectrum to fuel them is a long and difficult process. It’s good to see Congress working to put in place policies that will see wireless-based growth continue to flourish.
Federal spectrum policy should provide a balance of different access models—including licensed, unlicensed, and effective sharing models—to support the next generation of technology development. We commend Senator Schatz for introducing the Promoting Unlicensed Spectrum Act, because the bill makes this balanced mix of access models formal U.S. policy. The bill proposes that the United States repurpose federal spectrum for licensed and unlicensed uses and recognizes the need for a robust mix of high-band, mid-band, and low-band, non-exclusive spectrum. This will help fuel wireless broadband and provide flexibility for the diverse needs of Internet of Things applications.
Additionally, the United States must fundamentally re-think the process by which we repurpose spectrum for what are now more socially beneficial uses—namely flexible-use wireless broadband. The discussion draft that is circulating with the Senate Commerce Committee members, known as the MOBILE NOW Act, puts a series of valuable spectrum policy reforms on the table to address this issue. The most intriguing proposal is a structure of explicit monetary incentives for federal agencies to give up rights to their spectrum. While this is an early draft, and many of the details remain to be worked through, the overall goal of finding a better way to encourage more spectrum to be repurposed is undoubtedly good policy.
The draft also addresses a host of other issues, including important changes to streamlining wireless infrastructure siting on federal property and speeding local action on wireless deployment. These types of reforms will encourage continued investment in the wireless infrastructure necessary for next-generation licensed services to flourish and allow carriers to keep pace with ever-growing data demands.
We urge policymakers to move deliberately on these important reforms.