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January 30, 2023

Building on Uncle Sam’s “Beachfront” Spectrum: Six Ways to Align Incentives to Make Better Use of the Airwaves

The federal government controls large swaths of the electromagnetic spectrum, but the current system for managing it lacks effective ways to incentivize agencies to use it efficiently. Congress and the Biden administration should promote good stewardship of spectrum and better enable it to power both federal missions and the commercial wireless ecosystem.

January 25, 2023

How Off-Label Use of Medicines Drives Health-Care Use and Disability

Peer-reviewed research finds that pharmaceutical innovation provides direct and indirect benefits for health-care use and disability.

January 23, 2023

Wake Up, America: China Is Overtaking the United States in Innovation Capacity

Based on key indicators of innovation and advanced-industry performance, China has surpassed the United States in total innovation output and is getting close on a proportional basis. To regain its leadership, the United States must respond more strategically and forcefully.

January 18, 2023

Oops! It Turns Out Aggressive Antitrust Would Increase Business Lobbying

The common refrain that big business wields disproportionate political power is overblown. Lobbying data indicates that large firms spend relatively less on lobbying than do smaller firms.

January 17, 2023

User Safety in AR/VR: Protecting Adults

Policymakers should empower metaverse platforms to develop innovative tools and solutions to address safety issues and ensure AR/VR products and services don’t harm users. Overly prescriptive regulation risks stifling the progress of those innovations.

January 11, 2023

Broadband Myths: Is U.S. Broadband Service Slow?

Critics argue U.S. broadband speeds are slow and the country’s broadband system overall is poor, but U.S. speeds actually are fast and outpace everyday demands. Focusing too much attention on speed simply diverts resources that otherwise could be used to close the digital divide.

January 9, 2023

Police Tech: Exploring the Opportunities and Fact-Checking the Criticisms

Police tech could transform the way law enforcement operates, reducing crime and saving lives. Policymakers should focus on advancing adoption while enacting regulations to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of police tech.

January 3, 2023

Big Tech Needs to Better Defend Itself

Defending Digital Series, No. 13: Although many of today’s accusations against Big Tech are unfair, the technology industry should do more to protect itself. Pushing back against its critics, better aligning itself with America’s national interests, becoming more politically neutral, and effectively addressing long-term societal challenges would surely help.

December 14, 2022

OCED Observatory Newsletter, Issue 4: Hydrogen Sector Activity Ramps Up

Activity in the hydrogen sector continues to ramp up, as more governments jostle to offer subsidies and incentives. In the U.S., the deadline for concept paper submission to DOE for the H2Hubs program has passed and many credible hubs are emerging.

December 12, 2022

How Policymakers Can Prevent Gift Card Scams

Gift card scams are on the rise. Scammers have relied on predatory tactics, emotional stories, and product tampering to steal nearly $450 million from unsuspecting Americans in the last three years alone, and the trend shows little signs of slowing.

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