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January 27, 2023

ITIF Comments Regarding the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

Biotechnologies have seen remarkable, rapid advances and the discovery and development of powerful new techniques. But nothing has changed that presents new or unique hazards, and the same steps long required to streamline and improve relevant regulations remain valid, albeit even more urgent than before.

January 18, 2023

Comments to the Federal Trade Commission Regarding Proposed Changes to the Funeral Rule

The FTC is considering updating the Funeral Rule to require funeral providers to display or distribute itemized price lists online and through electronic media. The Center for Data Innovation supports the proposed change, noting that updating the rule would allow consumers to more easily compare prices across the funeral services industry and likely lead to cost savings for funeral services.

December 15, 2022

Feedback to the European Commission on the Draft Cyber Resilience Act

The draft Cyber Resilience Act is too broad in scope and needs clearer definitions. The legislation’s fundamental pitfalls will burden businesses with compliance and undermine avenues for innovation like open source software. With targeted changes, the Cyber Resilience Act can promote better cybersecurity in the internal market without hurting competition and innovation across Europe.

December 9, 2022

Comments to the US Labor Department Regarding the Proposed Rescission of the 2021 Independent Contractor Rule

Rescinding the 2021 rule without a clearer, more modern framework to replace it risks misclassifying workers in the fast-growing gig economy.

December 5, 2022

Comments to the FCC Regarding Use of Radar Devices in the 60-64 GHz Band

Making productive use of spectrum is central to the FCC’s purpose and goals. It has an opportunity to increase the productivity of the 60-64 GHz band by permitting airborne radar devices to operate near ground level. Specifically, it should seek a technical arrangement that permits the maximum commercial use of this band while also protecting the federal interest in the Earth Exploration Satellite Service.

November 23, 2022

Coalition Letter to Parliament: Fix Online Safety Bill to Not Undermine Encryption

A coalition of 70 individuals and organizations, including the Center for Data Innovation, sent an open letter to the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak opposing the Online Safety Bill’s clauses that erode end-to-end encryption in private messaging and other online services.

November 18, 2022

Comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology Regarding Implementation of the CHIPS Incentives Program

The United States must get the CHIPS Incentives program right, because if it fails to do so, the United States is seriously at risk of losing long-term competitiveness in the semiconductor industry.

November 9, 2022

Comments to the Census Bureau on 2030 Census Preliminary Research

In preparation for the 2030 Census, the Center for Data Innovation would encourage the Census Bureau to consider its role in closing the data divide. The data divide refers to the social and economic inequalities that result from a lack of data collection and use of data by certain individuals and communities. In a world where opportunities and services are intricately linked to data, the way people are reflected in datasets and their ability to use datasets about themselves significantly impacts their ability to participate in the data economy.

October 17, 2022

Comments to the International Trade Administration on AI Export Competitiveness

AI is transforming economic sectors and industries, creating new areas for innovations, and making its way into global trade discussions. A strong understanding of the AI landscape will be important to the International Trade Administration (ITA) and the Department of Commerce to ensure policy actions effectively strengthen the international competitiveness of U.S. industry and foster economic growth by promoting trade and investment.

October 3, 2022

Comments to OSTP on Equitable Data Engagement and Accountability

In response to the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) request for information on the collection and use by federal agencies of equitable data, the Center for Data Innovation offers three main recommendations: The OSTP should support partnerships that bolster access to high-performance computing of historically underrepresented groups in the field, promote robust data literacy curriculums in U.S. schools, and prioritize closing the “data divide”—the social and economic inequalities that result from a lack of collection or use of data about individuals or communities.

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