The United States is one of the few nations not allowing its citizens to submit their census forms online.
Reports & Briefings
February 1, 2008
ITIF analyzes the decision made by the Census Bureau to eliminate the Internet response option and concludes that allowing respondents to submit their survey online would have saved taxpayers' money.
January 18, 2008
An article in "CommLaw Conspectus" outlines the economic rationale for a national broadband strategy, showing why the market alone will not generate the societally optimal level of broadband in the foreseeable future.
November 7, 2007
A report on proposed legislation to overhaul the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and on proposals to deny immunity to telecommunications carriers that complied with the federal government's surveillance program post 9/11.
November 7, 2007
After a long period over which Europe was catching up to the United States in productivity, this trend has reversed. Lower levels of investment in information and communications technology (ICT) and less effective use of existing ICT explain a significant share of the lower rates of productivity growth in the European Union over the last decade when compared to the United States. The report argues that regaining robust productivity growth will be critical for EU nations over the next several decades as they struggle with a myriad of challenges, including an aging population.
October 25, 2007
In a new report, ITIF explores the benefits of using information technology in the health care sector, such as reduced medical costs, improved medical care, and increased access to personal health information. The paper reviews the obstacles that have prevented the widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and proposes a number of policy recommendations to speed adoption. Specifically, the paper discusses the benefits of establishing independent health record data banks as a sustainable and market-based approach to implementing EHRs. ITIF also recommends other methods to leverage federal resources to speed EHR adoption.
October 22, 2007
An article of "IEEE Internet Computing Journal" documents how other nations have more robust broadband than the United States.
September 18, 2007
ITIF analyzes arguments made by proponents of paper audit trails and debunks the myth that paper audit trails will secure our elections.
July 24, 2007
Rob Atkinson’s article in the July 2007 issue of the Journal of Technology Transfer arguing for the importance of the Research and Experimentation Tax credit. The article calls for several important changes to the credit: doubling its current value, modifying the Alternative Simplified Credit to become incremental, and expanding the flat credit for collaborative R&D.
June 21, 2007
Many nations use a host of unfair and protectionist policies to systematically disadvantage foreign, including U.S., technology companies in global competition. A new report documents the myriad of unfair trade practices and outlines specific steps Congress and the Administration can take to combat this new wave of technology protectionism.