If implemented, a proposal on online harms would restrict legitimate content without due process, hurt digital businesses, limit access to information and, by creating state regulation of speech, damage freedom of expression for millions of users.
Testimonies & Filings
July 2, 2019
Submission to New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Objectives for Digital Economy Partnership Agreement Negotiations
New Zealand should use Digital Economy Partnership Agreement negotiations with Chile and Singapore to set a new gold standard for digital trade, by including new rules, principles, and frameworks for cooperation on data flows, digital intellectual property, Internet-based services, open data frameworks, and electronic labeling, invoicing, and signatures.
June 24, 2019
ITIF has filed comments with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, regarding its draft policy changes towards transborder data flows.
May 31, 2019
In comments to the FTC on competition and consumer protection in broadband markets, ITIF provided an overview of competition dynamics in broadband and argued for a continued light-touch competition policy that allows providers to freely experiment with new business models and technologies.
May 29, 2019
ITIF provided recommendations to the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy regarding pre‐pilot and pilot R&D projects to scale, mature, and advance ARPA‐E funded clean energy technologies.
May 22, 2019
Statement to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Regarding Facial Recognition and Civil Liberties
While there is more Congress can do to ensure government use of facial recognition is fair and reliable, recent calls for bans or moratoriums on law enforcement use of facial recognition are misguided and will only undercut efforts to make police agencies more efficient and effective in protecting local communities.
May 16, 2019
Testimony Before the US Trade Representative’s Section 301 Committee on Proposed Countermeasures to EU Aircraft Subsidies
ITIF endorses USTR’s proposed imposition of countermeasures, in the form of additional tariffs, commensurate with what the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body has found to be adverse effects inflicted on U.S. aerospace competitors as a result of the EU’s WTO-inconsistent subsidy programs for large civil aircraft.
May 16, 2019
Testimony Before the House Oversight Committee on Drug Prices, Intellectual Property, and Biomedical Innovation
In testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Stephen Ezell explained why the United States leads the world in life-sciences innovation; how the public and private sectors contribute; why innovation depends on the ability to generate revenues; the consequences of price controls; and how best to control health-care costs.
May 15, 2019
Testimony Before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee on Reauthorizing SBA’s Innovation Programs
In testimony before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Stephen Ezell highlighted the successes of federal small business programs directed toward innovation research and technology transfer and argued there is much more to be done to promote technology transfer and commercialization.
May 10, 2019
Robust technical standards for AI will be crucial to the success of the technology in the United States and abroad because they can serve as authoritative guidelines and benchmarks for the development and evaluation of AI. But concerns about the oversight of AI have stymied productive discussions about standards development by causing policymakers to prioritize oversight at the expense of technical understanding.