Innovation Files Blog

June 16, 2020
Regardless of where one stands on police reform, banning facial recognition for law enforcement makes little sense. To understand the reasons, consider some of the most popular ideas for responding to police violence.
June 15, 2020
Researchers estimate that Chinese companies with a CEO who has less than a college degree invest 1.6 percent less of their assets into R&D and file 28 percent fewer patent applications.
June 15, 2020
A “French Airbnb” is a bad idea. It is based on politically biased motives and a misguided application of industrial policy, seeks to dominate a market that is longer up for grabs, will fail for lack of credibility and, even if it were to succeed, it will not add value for consumers.
June 9, 2020
As Congress considers a phase 4 stimulus package, it would be a mistake to focus only on short-term recovery measures, as important as they are.
June 8, 2020
The Census Bureau significantly expanded data gathering about the digital economy in 2017, for the first time including the service sector. It has now released 2018 data, identifying $8.3 trillion in e-commerce revenue, up $633 billion from 2017.
June 8, 2020
Companies that rely on advertising revenue or other business models involving user data already pay taxes on their profits. Taxing them a second time for the data they collect doesn’t make sense, and it would unbalance the Internet ecosystem and put a price on many of the free services consumers currently enjoy.
June 8, 2020
Lawmakers have taken several positive steps in recent years to balance the benefits of data collection with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties. That should continue.
June 5, 2020
Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 are already putting severe pressure on international student recruitment. Eliminating Optional Practical Training (OPT) would make the problem much worse.
June 4, 2020
Just because DSTs may be attractive to individual countries doesn’t make them good policy. In fact, they are bad policy. A central goal of good tax policy should be to treat similar transactions the same way. DSTs violate this principle in a number of ways.
June 3, 2020
Trump should be careful of what he asks for because striking down Section 230 could very well have the opposite effect of what he intends.

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