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.
Testimonies & Filings
May 22, 2019
Statement to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Regarding Facial Recognition and Civil Liberties
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.
March 8, 2019
In a filing with India’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, ITIF argued that a misguided focus on the control and location of data will reduce its potential social and economic utility.
March 8, 2019
ITIF has filed comments with the California Attorney General regarding its preliminary rulemaking process for the California Consumer Privacy Act. ITIF argues the Attorney General should clarify its rules to minimize their burden on innovation.
February 27, 2019
Testimony Before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee on Made in China 2025 and the Future of American Industry
Rob Atkinson testified before the Senate Small Business Committee on the issue of unfair Chinese trade and technology policies and practices and what the federal government should do in response.
February 15, 2019
Regulators can provide effective oversight of automated systems so as to both protect consumers and allow innovation to flourish.
February 13, 2019
Testimony Before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on Protecting Consumers and Competition
In testimony before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, Doug Brake spoke in favor of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger on the grounds that it would bring about a better future for American businesses and consumers compared to one where each company attempted to continue alone.