The Unites States needs to develop a better response to counter China’s use of censorship as a non-tariff barrier to trade, and to deter other countries that may seek to replicate the practice.
Testimonies & Filings
June 30, 2020
Testimony to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Trade Regarding Censorship as a Non-Tariff Barrier to Trade
June 30, 2020
Comments to the U.S. Trade Representative Regarding Section 301 Investigations of Digital Services Taxes
The core argument that users create value is wrong. The distribution of taxable profits between countries normally reflects where value is created. The export of a product or service, whether digital or analog, usually does not create additional value and profits from imports into a country are normally not subject to corporate income tax.
June 18, 2020
Comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on a National Strategy for 5G
5G wireless will drive economic growth for decades to come, but we need a comprehensive strategy to ensure a robust deployment and adoption of secure networks. A U.S. strategy for 5G should play to our strengths to overcome unfair practices that have made Huawei a leader.
June 12, 2020
Response to the Public Consultation for the European Commission’s White Paper on a European Approach to Artificial Intelligence
ITIF submitted comments focusing on the Commission whitepaper’s proposal for an ex ante conformity assessment framework to verify and ensure that certain mandatory requirements applicable to high-risk applications of artificial intelligence are met and how this would act as a barrier to trade.
April 29, 2020
Response to European Commission Consultation on Transfers of Personal Data to Third Countries and Cooperation Between Data Protection Authorities
ITIF submitted comments to the European Commission as part of its two-year review of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the issue of international transfer of personal data to third countries, and the cooperation and consistency mechanism between national data protection authorities.
April 20, 2020
ITIF filed comments with the FCC encouraging a continued light-touch regulation of broadband. The lack of problematic behavior since the Restoring Internet Freedom Order indicates that a more restrictive regulatory regimes that risks stifling innovation and investment is not necessary. The FCC already has the tools to support the Lifeline program, broadly apply its pole attachment authority, and promote public safety communications under the current framework.
April 13, 2020
Recommendations to the House Science Committee on Clean Energy Investments for a Long-Term Economic Recovery
In response to a request for input from the House Science, Space, and Technology committee, ITIF recommended that any stimulus bill in response to the COVID-19 crisis include provisions to stimulate manufacturing, technology entrepreneurship, and clean energy innovation, including large-scale demonstration projects in fields such as industrial decarbonization.
March 10, 2020
In a joint Assembly hearing, ITIF testified on the benefits of facial recognition technology, existing protection from abuses, what the state can do to improve oversight and accountability, and why it should not impose a ban.
February 17, 2020
Letter to Wyoming’s House Corporations Committee Regarding Protection and Privacy of Online Customer Information
ITIF wrote to a committee of the Wyoming state legislature, urging it to reject a bill that would create unjustifiably high restrictions on the use of data by broadband providers.
February 14, 2020
ITIF supports the decision by DOJ and FTC to update their guidelines but believes they could be strengthened by a deeper discussion of several key points about the role vertical mergers play in competitive markets.