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August 19, 2019

Comments to the U.S. International Trade Commission Regarding the Digital Economy and Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa

ITIF’s submission focuses on the ITC’s interest in recent developments in the digital economy for key SSA markets, including national and regional regulatory and policy measures and market conditions that affect digital trade.

May 6, 2019

Fact of the Week: Ethiopian Youth Given $300 Start-up Grants at Random had 36 Percent Higher Wages After One Year, But No Effect After Five Years

When attempting to evaluate the effect that a policy intervention can have on development or innovation, researchers and policymakers routinely look to short-term impacts, both out of urgency and because of the difficulty in maintaining contact with participants over several years.

October 22, 2018

Fact of the Week: Adoption of Mobile Money in Kenya Lifted 194,000 Households Out of Extreme Poverty

Over the last decade, mobile money services have brought banking to populations that have lacked formal financial services by allowing users to manage money on their mobile phones. First launched in Kenya in 2007, 96 percent of Kenyan households now use mobile money and can withdraw funds in physical currency from 110,000 agents across the country.

August 29, 2017

The Handheld Cardio-Pad: Tackling Cardiovascular Disease in Africa Through Innovation

Meet Arthur Zang, a 29 year-old Cameroonian engineer who invented the handheld Cardio-Pad, the world’s first medical tablet facilitating heart examinations and remote diagnosis. The Cardio-Pad is a touch-screen tablet device for conducting cardiac tests such as electrocardiograms in remote locations, and then sending the results to cardiologists in city centers often hundreds of miles away.

August 7, 2017

Zipline Enables Real-time Delivery of Essential Medical Supplies in Rwanda

Rwanda’s government, which has declared a vision of making the country a technology and innovation hub for Africa, has partnered with the startup Zipline to facilitate the real-time delivery of urgent medical supplies, such as blood or vaccines, to patients in remote locations via drones.

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Asia-Pacific

May 21, 2023

Korea Needs to Slow Down Regulation, Speed Up Support for AI

For some bizarre reason, countries are competing not to be the best in AI, but to be the best―or worst, depending on how you view it―in AI regulation.

May 9, 2023

APEC 2023: A Useful and Realistic Digital Agenda for the United States’ Host Year

Nigel Cory argues that as host and chair of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation the United States should not only think about outcomes that can realistically be achieved this year but seize the opportunity to leave its mark on the APEC digital agenda for the next several years.

April 24, 2023

Fact of the Week: India’s Population Is Set To Overtake China’s This Month

The United Nations estimates that India’s population will reach 1.429 billion at the end of 2023, compared to China’s estimated population of 1.426 billion.

March 6, 2023

Comments to the Attorney General of Australia Regarding Australia’s Copyright Enforcement Review

The world’s leading creative countries still have a long way to go before they can say they’ve significantly reduced digital piracy, but many are finally taking steps in the right direction toward this goal. Australia has adopted many of the best policies to better target copyright infringement, but there are a few missing that policymakers should consider.

December 19, 2022

Korea Should Not Require Companies to Pay to Deliver Digital Content

Starting with a 2016 amendment to Korea’s Telecommunications Business Act, ISPs of comparable size have had to compensate each other based on the volume of traffic they exchange under a sending-party-network-pays policy. But consumers are the ones who ultimately pay in this arrangement.

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China

May 30, 2023

Fact of the Week: China’s Youth Unemployment Rate Reaches Its Highest Level on Record in April

20.4 percent of China’s population aged 16 to 24 years old (not including full-time students) were unemployed in April.

May 12, 2023

How China Divides Europe and the United States

The preeminent foreign policy question facing the West for at least the next several decades will be what to do about China’s rise as a techno-economic, military, and foreign policy power. But as things stand, Western leaders cannot even agree on the premise of the matter.

May 5, 2023

Time for Competitive Realism

U.S. foreign policy doctrine subordinates the goal of maintaining, let alone maximizing, America’s global power advantage. That formula will not succeed against the new China challenge.

April 24, 2023

China Hasn’t Invented A New Type of Capitalism; It’s Following A Proven One

China’s economy is best viewed as a giant Asian Tiger. China’s great success stems mostly from its vast size and its use of the proven Asian development model. Claims that it’s mostly the result of exploitive and unfair communist practices distort U.S. priorities and policies.

April 12, 2023

The United States Can Learn From China’s New National Data Administration

China recently announced the creation of a new regulatory body to improve its use of data as a strategic economic resource. As part of ongoing efforts to promote China’s digital economy, the National Data Administration will work towards building smart cities, digitizing government services, and facilitating data-driven development. U.S. policymakers should learn from this example and strengthen their commitment to data-driven innovation and increase commercial access to data.

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Europe

May 18, 2023

Don’t Put US Tech Firms Under the Thumb of the European Commission

The EU is considering a new policy that would force American content providers like Google and Netflix to effectively subsidize European ISPs. The Biden administration should push back at the next meeting of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council.

May 15, 2023

The Great Revealing: Taking Competition in America and Europe Seriously

With its provocative claim that America now has less economic competition than the EU, Thomas Philippon’s book The Great Reversal has become a bible for neo-Brandeisians. But reports of the death of competition in America are highly exaggerated: While U.S. antitrust remains effective, EU competition policy has failed to stimulate innovation, productivity, or growth.

May 12, 2023

How China Divides Europe and the United States

The preeminent foreign policy question facing the West for at least the next several decades will be what to do about China’s rise as a techno-economic, military, and foreign policy power. But as things stand, Western leaders cannot even agree on the premise of the matter.

April 28, 2023

The EU Should Learn From How the UK Regulates AI to Stay Competitive

While the UK aims to use light touch regulation to become Europe’s leader in AI, the EU has taken the opposite approach, creating burdensome rules for the technology in its set-to-pass AI Act.

April 4, 2023

Future-Focused UK Strategy Is a Positive Step for its Tech Regulation

Based on recommendations from chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK government has released detailed proposals for how the UK can implement its pro-innovation regulation of digital technologies. This regulatory strategy is intended to boost the use of data and emerging technologies in business and government.

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Global

May 3, 2023

Testimony to the UN’s Economic and Social Council Regarding Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals

In order to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, we must advance policies that facilitate global trade and innovation to secure access to safe water, clean and affordable energy, and sustainable industrialization.

March 3, 2023

Comments to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Regarding Technical Standard-Setting Processes

China and other countries with poor human rights records are trying to influence international standards mainly through the International Telecommunications Union. So, the Office of the High Commissioner should focus attention there to address the most problematic proposals for technical standards with clear and troubling human rights implications.

October 12, 2022

Toward International Antitrust: Challenges and Opportunities

International mergers, international cartels, and multinationals engaging with customers across borders underscore the need for greater legal certainty when it comes to antitrust enforcement and policy.

September 12, 2022

Climate Innovation Policy From Glasgow to Pittsburgh

In September, ministers will gather in Pittsburgh to consider how their governments should respond to the energy and climate innovation imperative. Building on Glasgow, the meeting should strive to fill critical gaps in areas such as capital-intensive demonstration projects and innovation-friendly trade in carbon-intensive goods.

June 24, 2022

Postmortem on a Pyrrhic Victory for IP Foes at the WTO

The WTO’s approval of a TRIPS waiver for IP related to COVID-19 vaccines is essentially a shotgun blast completely missing the broadside of a barn.

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Latin America

June 27, 2022

Latin America’s Advanced Industry Decline: What Explains the Region’s Poor Performance in Growing, or Even Retaining, Its Global Competitiveness in Advanced Industries?

If Latin America wants to avoid this fate, it needs to make a key decision: does it want to look east to China or north to the United States. The United States is leading the world in efforts to get China to roll back its unfair, mercantilist trade and economic policies. But that task will be much harder if the region sides with China or avoids the fight altogether and sits on the sidelines.

June 13, 2022

How Flawed Thinking Limits America’s National Industrial Strategy

Before policymakers can act, there needs to be a consensus that there is a problem, and a role for policy in solving it. When it comes to competitiveness, too many in Washington don’t recognize this.

November 30, 2020

Digital Economy Strategy in Colombia: An Analysis and Recommendations

Colombia faces significant political, social, and economic hurdles in building its digital economy, yet its progress toward developing a robust strategy deserves recognition. It has an opportunity to be a trailblazer and regional role model.

September 16, 2020

Assessing Colombian Government Websites

Citizens and businesses rely on government websites to access important information and services. Unfortunately, many Colombian government websites fail to meet basic website standards for security, speed, mobile friendliness, and accessibility.

September 16, 2020

New Study Finds Colombian Government Efforts to Modernize Websites Are Beginning to Show Results

Colombian citizens and businesses use government websites every day to find important information and access public services, and so it is important for those websites to meet basic standards for security, speed, mobile friendliness, or accessibility. According to a new report[RC1] released jointly today by two leading think tanks, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and TicTac, Colombian government agencies have opportunities to modernize their sites by further investing in cybersecurity, mobile-friendly web design, and cloud-based hosting.

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