WASHINGTON - (June 7, 2013) Summer is the season of school breaks, family vacations and a chance to read a good book. In an effort to assist summer readers in getting the "best bang for their buck," the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is unveiling its annual Innovation and Tech Policy Reading List.
It provides an analysis of the best innovation books released over the last year and includes the top reads in economic development, science and R&D, telecom and IT, and emerging economies. The list also includes a review of books ITIF does not recommend, to assist readers in choosing titles that provide the best analysis of the issues.
"Innovation is an increasingly discussed topic and there is a tremendous amount of information out there for people to sift through, much of which is not very good" notes Robert Atkinson, President of ITIF. "Our summer reading list provides an accessible overview of the major works in the field to assist readers in making the best choices."
Recommended titles include: Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy by William H. Janeway; Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources by Brett M. Frischmann and Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell by Phil Lapsley. Books on the not recommended list include Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age by Susan Crawford and To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov.
"Innovation policy is incredibly important to American economic development, job growth and international competitiveness," Atkinson adds. "By promoting the analysis and scholarship that best informs the debate we hope to assist in producing better policies and a more informed public."
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at www.itif.org.