Regions

Africa

August 29, 2017

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

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.

May 22, 2017

By reducing costs, the ITA leads to increased use of ICT goods, which spurs productivity and economic growth while deepening enterprises’ participation in global value chains. This generates new tax revenues to partially or fully offset tariff losses.

March 15, 2017

Providing universities in developing countries greater access to scientific journals increases publications by 43 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

Asia-Pacific

January 22, 2018

Brazil, China, Indonesia, Russia, and Vietnam fielded some of the year’s worst innovation mercantilist policies. Their targets included Internet-based services, electric vehicles, biopharmaceuticals, computers and electronics.

September 28, 2017

India's transport minister Nitin Gadkari recently announced his opposition to driverless vehicles in the country, saying he would "not allow any technology that takes away jobs." This kind of rhetoric may make for good politics, but it's terrible economics and awful for the future of Indian workers who need the country to continually modernize.

September 28, 2017

By reducing costs, the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) leads to increased use of ICT goods, which spurs productivity and economic growth in signatory nations, while deepening their enterprises’ participation in global value chains.

September 5, 2017

When China implemented an investment tax credit, businesses increased investment by 8.8 percent and productivity by 3.7 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

China

February 19, 2018

Perhaps it’s the natural human aversion to bad news—sometimes known as the “ostrich effect”—but few opinion leaders on U.S. economic policy appear willing to take a cold, hard look at the state of U.S. manufacturing. If they did, they wouldn’t be happy.

January 22, 2018

Brazil, China, Indonesia, Russia, and Vietnam fielded some of the year’s worst innovation mercantilist policies. Their targets included Internet-based services, electric vehicles, biopharmaceuticals, computers and electronics.

January 12, 2018

Xiaomi wants to join a growing list of companies—including Alibaba, Baidu, Huawei, Lenovo, and ZTE—that are gaining market share, not just in China, but globally. They would enjoy considerably less success if not for the Chinese government’s campaign of innovation mercantilism.

December 20, 2017

Most private investors don’t have the deep pockets and patience to wait for clean, cheap energy technologies to mature. We need smart public policy to solve the problem.

Europe

February 5, 2018

Germany’s Federal Network Agency recently issued a blanket ban on children’s smartwatches that offer an audio link. As Nick Wallace writes, the agency’s position is not only bad for children, but suggests that German regulators might ban other smart devices that make up the Internet of Things.

January 23, 2018

Since countries have different laws on the limits to free speech, none should be allowed to censor social media beyond its borders. The ECJ should make that clear when it decides the Glawischnig case.

December 7, 2017

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ostensibly outlaws barriers to the flow of personal data between EU countries, and in September 2017, the European Commission published a draft regulation for a similar rule on non-personal data transfers. Yet a plethora of questions remain. How should policymakers address the remaining obstacles to data flows outside the union?

November 28, 2017

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation submitted comments to the Article 29 Working Party, the advisory body of European privacy regulators, on its guidelines regarding algorithmic decision-making and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Latin America

January 22, 2018

Brazil, China, Indonesia, Russia, and Vietnam fielded some of the year’s worst innovation mercantilist policies. Their targets included Internet-based services, electric vehicles, biopharmaceuticals, computers and electronics.

November 14, 2017

The notion at the heart of a Central Bank proposal—that data must be stored domestically to ensure that it remains secure and private—is false. The focus should be on ensuring that financial firms use best-in-class data storage cybersecurity measures regardless of where data is stored.

October 31, 2017

As Brazil embarks on an important effort to craft a strategy for digital transformation, it would be a mistake to adopt an approach based on the EU’s privacy system. Policy makers must take care to adopt a privacy regime that not only protects privacy but enables digital innovation.

September 27, 2017

Speaking in São Paulo, Brazil, to an audience of Senate, Chamber of Deputies, and Court technical staff, Rob Atkinson outlined the keys to digital trade success and explained that a growing number of companies in various industries are relying on cross border data flows.

Global

October 24, 2017

The lack of alternative diagnostic options has become a major roadblock to getting more people with HIV on the path to treatment. But an innovative new product may finally do this.

October 16, 2017

Adding 10 more bank branches per 100,000 adults in developing economies increases the probability that businesses will invest in R&D by 7.6 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

September 27, 2017

Speaking in São Paulo, Brazil, to an audience of Senate, Chamber of Deputies, and Court technical staff, Rob Atkinson outlined the keys to digital trade success and explained that a growing number of companies in various industries are relying on cross border data flows.

September 11, 2017

ICT services exports have increased as a share of the world’s total services exports from just over 20 percent in 1995 to almost 32 percent today, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.