Putting a nonprofit in charge of a social media platform like Facebook would decrease the security of consumers’ personal data, damage the digital ecosystem, and ultimately lead to less innovation in online services, leaving consumers worse off.
Innovation Files Blog
April 12, 2018
April 9, 2018
Fact of the Week: Prices Consumers Paid for Wireless Phone and Data Services Dropped 18.6 Percent From 2002 to 2014, Mirroring an 18.4 Percent Decline in Prices for Telecommunications Infrastructure Technologies
When the prices for ICT capital goods decrease, consumers gain in the form of lower prices for ICT services, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
April 3, 2018
USDA has announced they will not regulate products of gene editing if they could also be produced by conventional breeding. This makes sense but doesn't go far enough writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.
April 2, 2018
Fact of the Week: ICT-Intensive Firms in Europe Suffered No Productivity Slowdown During the Great Recession While Their Counterparts That Invested Less in ICT Saw Decreases up to 9.5 Percent
ICT-intensive firms in Europe suffered no productivity slowdown during the Great Recession while their counterparts that invested less in ICT did, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
March 26, 2018
Fact of the Week: Image Recognition Algorithms Decreased Their Error Margin From 30 Percent in 2010 to Less Than 5 Percent in 2016
In 2010, image recognition algorithms outputted a false positive 30 percent of the time, with this error margin decreasing to less than 5 percent by 2016, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
March 21, 2018
GMOs can save civilization by addressing the major challenges of food security, carbon emissions, and environmental stewardship in a way that benefits farmers, consumers, and biodiversity writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.
March 19, 2018
Fact of the Week: There Were 74 Industrial Robots per 10,000 Workers Globally in 2016, up From 66 in 2015, a 12 Percent Increase
The global average for industrial robots per 10,000 workers increased to 74 robots in 2016 from 66 robots in 2015, a 12 percent increase, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
March 12, 2018
Fact of the Week: When 12 African Nations Gained Access to High-Speed Internet, it Raised Employment Rates by an Average of 10 Percent
After the deployment of high-speed Internet in 12 African countries, 10 percent of employment growth could be attributed to that development, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
March 7, 2018
It would be a mistake to allow Messenger Kids to become the next casualty in the campaign for an innovation-free childhood.
March 5, 2018
Fact of the Week: The Average Price of Wireless Telephone Services Decreased 12 Percent in 2017—Equivalent to the Total Decrease Over the Preceding 5 years
In 2017 alone, the average price of wireless telephone services—mobile phone contracts, prepaid plans, and Internet services—decreased by 12 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.