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September 21, 2020
One of the few godsends in this pandemic has been the fact that we can take care of a lot of our personal business online—from ordering food to meeting with health-care providers. But if the eye-doctor lobby gets its way in Congress, many Americans will be forced to make otherwise unnecessary trips to an optometrist’s office whenever they need to refill their contact lens prescriptions. This is just the latest skirmish in a decades-long rearguard action that optometrists have been fighting to protect their lucrative industry from disruption. Lawmakers should see through the effort and side with consumers.
September 21, 2020
The study finds that for technologies that China has identified as strategic, a patent application’s risk of rejection rises from 16.6 to 25.6 percent if it is foreign, an increase of 54 percent.
September 17, 2020
Reducing unemployment and getting the COVID-impacted economy back to some semblance of normality is clearly the top economic task.
September 15, 2020
America has successfully launched national innovation missions time and again.
September 15, 2020
Unfortunately, some people are exploiting the pandemic for their own gain.
September 14, 2020
Threatening to make it harder for the U.K. to engage in digital trade with the EU is a misguided move that will cause the EU to only fall further behind in the digital economy. To stay competitive post-Brexit and in the digital economy, the EU should ensure its data protection framework facilitates rather than obstructs data transfers with the U.K. and allow easier international transfers with more countries.
September 14, 2020
Cross-border data flows represent a critical component of the increasingly digital global economy. A new study of Japanese firms estimates the influence these flows have had, finding that firms which transmit data internationally increase their productivity by 6.1 percent, on average.
September 14, 2020
There is an evident need for transitioning to AR/VR solutions in the federal government, now that so many federal employees are working from home. Achieving this widespread use will require investment in new resources for the digital workforce yet such investments will help address immediate concerns about staffing, training, and service provision during a global pandemic.
September 11, 2020
By disincentivizing the use of short-term rental platforms, European policymakers are hurting the competitiveness of the overall European economy, negatively impacting the goals of the economic recovery, consumer choice, and welfare.
September 10, 2020
Lagging in the global technological race and caught between a U.S.-China rivalry, the European Union has been working to develop its own capacities in a number of key emerging technologies such as cybersecurity, AI, quantum computing, and, not least of all, 5G. This next-generation wireless standard will be one of the pillars of the future digital economy, but it faces fraught geopolitical challenges that deserve a broadly coordinated policy.

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