Blogs & Op-eds

April 23, 2009
Listening to debates over IT policy, it would be easy for a casual observer to believe that the United States has only one goal for the digital economy: spurring broadband.
April 3, 2009
Despite the promises of municipal fiber, the actual success rate of these community fiber projects has been lukewarm at best and, in many cases, a failure.
March 16, 2009
The Federal Reserve has reported that household net worth plunged $11.2 trillion in 2008. In this "Atlantic" article, Rob Atkinson argues that American wealth did not decline.
March 2, 2009
The article in "IEEE Internet Computing" offers 10 guiding principles for creating technology policy that spurs and sustains digital progress.
February 3, 2009
In the Fall 2008/2009 issue of the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, ITIF lays out a framework for the new administration’s technology policy to help spur growth and progress throughout the economy and government.
February 2, 2009
An emerging third wave of e-government is making it possible for governments to solve pressing public problems in fundamentally new ways.
January 13, 2009
Many forward-thinking countries have made innovation-led economic development a centerpiece of their national economic strategies during the past decade. While many nations have taken the innovation challenge to heart and put in place a host of policies to spur innovation, the United States has done little, consequently falling behind in innovation policies and risking falling behind in innovation performance as well. This article compares U.S. innovation policy to that of other leading industrialized countries across five topic areas: programs to establish civilian technology and innovation promotion agencies; services innovation initiatives; national levels of R&D funding; tax incentives for research and development; and policies regarding high-skill immigration.
December 23, 2008
Amar Bhidé’s new book, The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected World, rightly observes that the venturesomeness of a country’s consumers, their demand for innovation consumption, is crucial to achieve an innovative economy. While true, this does not mean that an economy’s ability to produce innovations—based largely on the underlying scientific and technological strength of its workforce and industries—is unimportant.
December 17, 2008
Rob Atkinson and Mark Cooper argue that Congress should tie any aid to automakers to preemption of laws that prohibit auto manufactures from selling directly to consumers over the Internet.
December 15, 2008
The only way to solve the global warming problem is through support of a dramatically expanded and improved CO2 reduction R&D program.