This policy brief compares and assesses the 2008 presidential election candidates’ technology and innovation policies across a number of specific issue areas.
Reports & Briefings
September 11, 2008
September 10, 2008
RAND's Rose-Colored Glasses: How RAND's Report on U.S. Competitiveness in Science and Technology Gets it Wrong
In RAND’s Rose-Colored Glasses: How RAND’s Report on U.S. Competitiveness in Science and Technology Gets it Wrong, ITIF presents a detailed critique of the recent RAND report showing that in contrast to RAND’s rosy assessment, America’s lead on a number of key S&T indicators is eroding rapidly, where not vanishing entirely.
September 9, 2008
In the last few years the debate over broadband policy has become increasingly partisan and bitter. It's time to move beyond the partisan bickering. Although complete policy agreement is neither likely nor beneficial, this web-memo points the way to a more reasoned and less vitriolic debate.
August 11, 2008
While bash-the-corporation rhetoric may have some populist appeal, it is both factually and logically flawed.
July 9, 2008
In this report, ITIF finds that the nature of the U.S. innovation system has changed dramatically over the course of the last 40 years. Using an innovative research method, UC Davis scholars Fred Block and Mathew Keller analyze a sample of innovations recognized by R&D Magazine as being among the top 100 innovations of the year over the last four decades.
July 3, 2008
In reference to ITIF’s call for a National Innovation Foundation ITIF president Rob Atkinson and Howard Wial of the Brookings Institute answer seven frequently asked questions about the creation of a National Innovation Foundation.
June 24, 2008
ITIF President Rob Atkinson’s article in the Economic Development Journal.
June 2, 2008
The American Optometric Association journal "Optometry" has published a study that purports to find that contact lens patients are more at risk when buying lenses online. This ITIF report analyzes the study and finds that not only is the study fraught with flaws, but many of the implications suggested by the authors are over-reaching in their scope, fallacious in their reasoning, or silent in refuting equally plausible alternative explanations.
May 1, 2008
Based on the findings from other nations, the report proposes 11 policy recommendations to spur both deployment of more ubiquitous and faster networks and adoption of broadband by consumers.
April 25, 2008
Recently, a Pennsylvanian couple sued Google for publishing photos of their home on Google Maps. This lawsuit highlights the argument made by privacy advocates that technologies like Google Street View are invasive and inappropriate. In this WebMemo, ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro argues that not only are these privacy fears unfounded, but if we were to accept the position of these privacy advocates, we would have to ban a whole host of modern technologies.