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March 27, 2023

The Impending Patchwork of Privacy Is Bad for Business and Consumers

With five state privacy laws coming into effect this year and 19 states actively considering new bills, the future of American privacy could end up as an expensive patchwork of 50 or more different laws, where an individual’s privacy rights vary depending on where they live.

March 27, 2023

Each Industrial Robot Installed in Recent Years Created Between 13 and 16 Jobs

From 2005 to 2016, economists Jon Chung and Yong Suk Lee found that, while robots initially led to lower employment and wages for affected workers, that trend reversed as firms and workers adjusted to the broader adoption of robots in production.

March 27, 2023

Europe’s Cloud Security Regime Should Focus on Technology, Not Nationality

The EU’s new cloud cybersecurity regime should focus on good security practices, as the U.S. FedRAMP regime does. Emulating China’s protectionist focus on firm nationality is a bad security practice that weakens transatlantic influence over cybersecurity issues globally.

March 24, 2023

Citizen Digital: How Singapore Is Becoming a “Smart Nation,” With Sarah Espaldon

The city-state of Singapore is ahead of the curve in adapting and using technology to reap the benefits of digitization. In the first installment of ITIF’s new “Citizen Digital” video series, Eric speaks with Sara Espaldon, head of marketing and operations at Open Government Products, about the experimental tech unit’s efforts to digitize Singapore’s government services.

March 23, 2023

Comments to DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions Regarding the Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI)

FESI is an idea whose time has come. DOE drives action toward many of the United States’ most vital goals: a strong, secure economy; global leadership in science and technology; eliminating climate pollution at home and around the world, and much more. Congress seized an historic opportunity to accelerate progress toward these goals by authorizing DOE to establish and collaborate closely with FESI.

March 22, 2023

Excluding Teenagers From Online Services Stifles the Development of the Metaverse

In recent weeks, lawmakers have introduced legislation to ban or heavily restrict teenagers’ use of social media. But these bills will not keep teenagers safe from online harm, and they will severely stifle the development of the metaverse—an emerging immersive digital space that offers new opportunities for learning, working, and socializing.

March 22, 2023

Comments to the DOE Office of Clean Energy Demonstration Regarding Demand-Side Support for Clean Energy Technologies

Demand-side support measures such as direct procurement, advanced market commitments, and guaranteed price floors can advance DOE’s mission by providing a predictable commercial market for clean energy technologies.

March 20, 2023

Critics of Generative AI Are Worrying About the Wrong IP Issues

Critics argue developers of generative AI systems such as ChatGPT and DALL-E have unfairly trained their models on copyrighted works. Those concerns are misguided.

March 20, 2023

What Kind of Industrial Policy: Progressive or Hamiltonian?

Progressives want to replace neoliberalism with green-equity-focused industrial policy, which would make America poorer and weaker. Washington should instead adopt a Hamiltonian agenda to win the global competition for advanced industry leadership, especially versus China.

March 20, 2023

App Store Implementation of the Digital Markets Act Exemplifies Law’s Uncertain Future

The Digital Markets Act (DMA) fails to clearly explain how it will affect different types of mobile ecosystems. The European Commission's recent workshop to examine the DMA’s requirements for alternate app distribution and interoperability provided neither regulatory clarity nor addressed economic concerns related to its unintended consequences.

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