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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 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 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 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.
March 17, 2023
FESI for Regions: How the Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation Can Contribute to Place-Based Energy Innovation
DOE needs to build deeper connections with the nation’s diverse regional economies in order to advance FESI's mission effectively.
March 17, 2023
Fact of the Week: Extending Funding for the ACP Has Strong Bipartisan Support Among Registered Voters
78 percent of registered voters support extending the Affordable Connectivity Program’s funding—specifically, 95 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of Independents, and 64 percent of Republicans
March 16, 2023
To Improve Customer Experience, Federal Agencies Should Adopt Agile Methods
If agencies are serious about improving customer experience, it’s time they adopt agile methods.
March 15, 2023
Utah Law to Protect Children’s Privacy Will Violate Everyone’s Privacy
Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed a bill into law that will require minors to obtain parental consent to use social media. Social media platforms will have to verify the ages of all users in Utah and restrict access to anyone under the age of 18 without their parents’ permission. This will require all Utahns, not just those under 18, to give up their personal information as a condition of using social media, violating everyone’s privacy in the name of protecting children.
March 14, 2023
Breaking Up Big Business Would Not Reduce Lobbying
Breaking up large corporations actually would not reduce lobbying. In fact, it would have quite the opposite effect.