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Innovation Files: Where Tech Meets Public Policy

Innovation Files: Where Tech Meets Policy

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Explore the intersection of technology, innovation, and public policy with the world’s leading think tank for science and tech policy. ITIF’s Innovation Files podcast serves up expert interviews, insights, and commentary on topics ranging from the broad economics of innovation to specific policy and regulatory questions about new technologies. Expect to hear some unconventional wisdom.

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June 5, 2023

Podcast: Why Societal Trust Is Imperative For Innovation, With David Moschella

Looking ahead to the technological challenges and opportunities of the next decade, social trust will be more important than ever for the tech industry.

May 15, 2023

Podcast: Deciphering the World of Data, With George Sciadas

A data-driven world raises the stakes for numeric literacy.

April 3, 2023

Podcast: Containing China While Rebuilding the United States, With Jonathan Ward

America can’t just pick up speed to beat China economically; it needs to slow down China, too, because there’s no use in accelerating when your adversary is along for the ride.

March 6, 2023

Podcast: The Future of Smart Cities in a Data-Driven Society, With Jonathan Reichental

To improve quality of life for as many people as possible, the places to start are cities. Rob and Jackie sat down with multiple award-winning technology and business leader Jonathan Reichental to discuss why the United States is falling behind other countries in the “smart city” movement and why it matters in a data-driven world.

February 13, 2023

Podcast: Should Section 230 Cover Algorithms? What’s at Stake in Gonzalez v. Google, With Ashley Johnson

Google doesn’t create terrorist propaganda videos, doesn’t allow them on YouTube, and takes them down as fast as it can when extremist groups post them anyway. But a question now before the Supreme Court is whether Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects Google and other platform operators from liability if their algorithms end up spreading harmful content.

January 23, 2023

Podcast: Microchips Are the New Oil, With Chris Miller

Semiconductors are arguably the most important core technology in the modern world. You can’t fully understand the current state of politics, economics, or technology until you consider the role they play. Rob and Jackie sat down with economic historian Chris Miller to discuss the extent to which microchips are the new oil.

December 15, 2022

Podcast: Will a Western “NATO for Tech” Work? (Atkinson Guest Appearance on ‘What China Wants’)

ITIF’s Rob Atkinson appears on the podcast What China Wants by Sam Olsen to talk through the realities of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s proposal to create a “NATO for Tech” to counter Chinese influence.

December 12, 2022

Podcast: Measuring the Whole Spectrum of Mathematics Achievement, With Richard Rusczyk

Teaching students to combine basic ideas to solve novel, difficult problems is imperative to lay a foundation for STEM pursuits.

November 28, 2022

Podcast: Growth and the Character of Society, With Benjamin Friedman

Economics is about more than the economy. It also intersects public and private institutions, culture, religion, morality, and politics. Rob and Jackie explored these subjects with Benjamin Friedman, a professor of Political Economy at Harvard and author of The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth and Religion and the Rise of Capitalism.

October 24, 2022

Podcast: Seven Ways Nations Attain and Keep National Competitiveness, With Michael Mazaar

The U.S. is currently lacking most if not all of identified characteristics that are associated with competitive advantage, but there are potential steps that can be taken moving forward.

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