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July 5, 2022

No One Talks About Too Much Automation Anymore

“Defending Digital” Series, No. 7: Remember all those breathless warnings that artificial intelligence would soon eliminate a wide range of “routine” jobs? So far, pretty much the opposite has occurred. Given today’s widespread worker shortages, corrosive inflation, and vast societal challenges, America clearly needs all the automation it can get.

July 5, 2022

Fact of the Week: Each Hour Worked Contributes Over $16 More to GDP in the United States Than It Does in Canada

While U.S. labor is currently more productive than Canadian labor, it is losing ground both in terms of pure productivity and price competitiveness.

July 1, 2022

Biden’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework Is a Paradigm Shift

The United States can no longer afford to trade U.S. market access for geopolitical alignment, and other nations can no longer afford to stay on the sidelines as the United States does the hard work of limiting China’s economic, technological, and foreign-policy aggression alone.

June 30, 2022

“Delete Your Period-Tracking Apps” Is a Distraction From the Real Online Privacy Debate

By stoking fears that law enforcement agencies could use health, search, and location data from mobile apps to prosecute women who illegally obtain abortions, anti-tech groups are distracting from real opportunities for bipartisan progress on privacy rights for Americans.

June 30, 2022

The Potential of AR/VR Technology to Promote Tourism

By promoting the creation of AR/VR-ready content, tourism offices and related organizations can both encourage tourism to their destinations and find new revenue streams that can help conserve vital infrastructure, such as national parks.

June 30, 2022

Comments to Australia’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Regarding the National Data Security Action Plan

Including data localization in its National Data Strategy would be a critical misstep that would undermine what Australia is otherwise working to achieve at home and globally in terms of digital policy.

June 29, 2022

The Biden Administration’s IT Operating Plan Is a Missed Opportunity to Implement a Defined, Overarching Federal IT Strategy

The Biden Administration’s IT operating plan illustrates important priorities for federal IT modernization, highlights much of the good work being done, and demonstrates the continued need for funding in this space. However, until Congress can point to a defined federal IT strategy and connect funding activities with that strategy, it will continue to demand OMB, GSA, and other federal agencies defend their IT spending.

June 27, 2022

Fact of the Week: Michigan Saw the Largest Growth in VC Investment of Any State Between 2016 and 2020

Michigan’s growth is indicative of a more general geographic dispersion of VC dollars.

June 27, 2022

The Meteoric Rise (and Fall) of Lina Khan

Lina Khan has championed a more aggressive, populist approach to antitrust enforcement, which would have posed real risks to innovation and economic growth. Yet, at her one-year anniversary as chair, the antitrust revival she promised appears to have fizzled.

June 27, 2022

Latin America’s Advanced Industry Decline: What Explains the Region’s Poor Performance in Growing, or Even Retaining, Its Global Competitiveness in Advanced Industries?

If Latin America wants to avoid this fate, it needs to make a key decision: does it want to look east to China or north to the United States. The United States is leading the world in efforts to get China to roll back its unfair, mercantilist trade and economic policies. But that task will be much harder if the region sides with China or avoids the fight altogether and sits on the sidelines.

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