Nick Wallace

Nick Wallace
Senior Policy Analyst
Center for Data Innovation

Nick Wallace is a senior policy analyst at ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation. He previously worked as a government technology policy analyst at Ovum, a global consultancy based in London. He has a master’s degree in public policy jointly awarded from the Central European University in Budapest and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Liverpool John Moores University. Wallace speaks English, Spanish, and German.

Recent Publications

June 15, 2018

As Nick Wallace writes for EUobserver, over-regulating artificial intelligence now risks the EU’s chance for global influence over the technology's future.

June 11, 2018

Boosting transatlantic cooperation on ICT policy would allow Canada, the EU, and the United States to address global ICT challenges and support their domestic economies by raising productivity.

May 25, 2018

The GDPR imposes such tight restrictions on the use of personal data that the EU will be unable to keep up with the rest of the world using AI to streamline their economies, Nick Wallace writes for Euractiv.

April 30, 2018

As the Center for Data Innovation’s Nick Wallace writes for EUobserver, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union should not make drastic changes to a proposed regulation to compel online platforms to publish their policies on third-party sellers and to apply those policies consistently.

March 29, 2018

Platforms should remove indisputably illegal content. But as the Center for Data Innovation’s Nick Wallace writes for EUobserver, forcing platforms to remove less obviously illegal content would threaten lawful free speech.

March 26, 2018

The EU’s new data privacy rules, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will have a negative impact on the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe, putting EU firms at a competitive disadvantage compared with their competitors in North America and Asia.

March 13, 2018

The Internet of Things offers myriad benefits to European society. But the European Union’s forthcoming ePrivacy Regulation could throw sand in the gears of progress. As Nick Wallace writes for EUobserver, policymakers should narrow the scope of the regulation while they still have the opportunity.

February 5, 2018

Germany’s Federal Network Agency recently issued a blanket ban on children’s smartwatches that offer an audio link. As Nick Wallace writes, the agency’s position is not only bad for children, but suggests that German regulators might ban other smart devices that make up the Internet of Things.

January 23, 2018

Since countries have different laws on the limits to free speech, none should be allowed to censor social media beyond its borders. The ECJ should make that clear when it decides the Glawischnig case.

November 15, 2017

If the EU intends to build a Digital Single Market home to the next generation of tech companies, then it needs consistent policies that allow businesses in all sectors to take advantage of online advertising.

October 10, 2017

Data innovation is making a major contribution to Europe’s economy, but there are stark variations between countries. This report uses a variety of indicators to measure data innovation in the EU and rank its 28 member states, identifying why some countries are ahead, and what others can do to catch up.

August 30, 2017

The European Banking Authority recently proposed banning third-party financial services firms from using software to automatically collect consumer data from banks. That would limit innovation by enabling financial institutions to unfairly restrict their customers’ ability to share data with companies whose services often compete with those of the banks.

Recent Events and Presentations

June 27, 2018

Join ITIF's Center for Data Innovation for a conversation about data sharing in Europe and the steps policymakers can take to make more data available and reusable in Europe.

December 7, 2017

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ostensibly outlaws barriers to the flow of personal data between EU countries, and in September 2017, the European Commission published a draft regulation for a similar rule on non-personal data transfers. Yet a plethora of questions remain. How should policymakers address the remaining obstacles to data flows outside the union?

October 10, 2017

As a host of new digital technologies have emerged over the last decade, data has become a key driver of economic growth, social progress and innovation.  But what is the true state of data innovat

December 6, 2016

Join ITIF's Center for Data Innovation for a panel discussion on the strategies countries are using to support the Internet of Things, the early European successes with this technology, and the opportunities for policymakers in the EU and member states to support the development and deployment of smart technologies.