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December 1, 2020

Join ITIF's Center for Data Innovation in Brussels to discuss why European success in AI is important, how the EU compares to other world leaders today, and what steps European policymakers should take to be more competitive in AI.

September 14, 2020

Threatening to make it harder for the U.K. to engage in digital trade with the EU is a misguided move that will cause the EU to only fall further behind in the digital economy. To stay competitive post-Brexit and in the digital economy, the EU should ensure its data protection framework facilitates rather than obstructs data transfers with the U.K. and allow easier international transfers with more countries.

September 11, 2020

By disincentivizing the use of short-term rental platforms, European policymakers are hurting the competitiveness of the overall European economy, negatively impacting the goals of the economic recovery, consumer choice, and welfare.

September 10, 2020

Lagging in the global technological race and caught between a U.S.-China rivalry, the European Union has been working to develop its own capacities in a number of key emerging technologies such as cybersecurity, AI, quantum computing, and, not least of all, 5G. This next-generation wireless standard will be one of the pillars of the future digital economy, but it faces fraught geopolitical challenges that deserve a broadly coordinated policy.

September 8, 2020

Despite the fact the WTO has consistently ruled against Europe’s launch aid practices, the European Union has continued to use the practice on subsequent generations of aircraft.

September 2, 2020

In a response for the European Commission’s public consultation on its “white paper on levelling the playing field as regards foreign subsidies,” ITIF agreed there is a need for new legal instruments to address distortions of the internal market arising from subsidies granted by non-EU authorities.

August 30, 2020

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation submitted feedback to the European Commission’s roadmap titled “Inception Impact Assessment for Revision of the eIDAS Regulation – European Digital Identity (EUid).”

July 31, 2020

The Center for Data Innovation submitted feedback to the European Commission’s roadmap titled “Legislative framework for the governance of common European data spaces.”

July 13, 2020

The European Union’s future prosperity is heavily reliant on it maintaining its status as a leader in the automotive industry. Indeed, the sector directly and indirectly accounts for more than six percent of EU employment, and the turnover it generates represents over seven percent of its gross domestic product.

July 13, 2020

A major study from 2016 that found that Chinese imports increased European patent growth up to 30 percent between 1996-2005 had major coding flaws. The correct data show negative & insignificant changes due to Chinese competition.

July 7, 2020

AI detractors believe the potential risks of AI outweigh the benefits. But this ignores the overwhelming examples of how AI is having a positive impact in many areas of the economy and society. If EU policymakers want to foster rapid development and adoption of AI they should follow the innovation principle which says that when technological innovations benefit society and pose modest and not irreversible risks, government’s role should be to pave the way for widespread innovation while building guardrails, where necessary, to limit harms.

June 30, 2020

The Center for Data Innovation submitted feedback to the European Commission’s roadmap titled “Digital Services Act package: Deepening the internal market and clarifying responsibilities for digital services.”

June 15, 2020

A “French Airbnb” is a bad idea. It is based on politically biased motives and a misguided application of industrial policy, seeks to dominate a market that is longer up for grabs, will fail for lack of credibility and, even if it were to succeed, it will not add value for consumers.

June 14, 2020

The Center for Data Innovation submitted a response to the public consultation of the European Commission on the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence—A European Approach.

June 12, 2020

ITIF submitted comments focusing on the Commission whitepaper’s proposal for an ex ante conformity assessment framework to verify and ensure that certain mandatory requirements applicable to high-risk applications of artificial intelligence are met and how this would act as a barrier to trade.

June 9, 2020

As Congress considers a phase 4 stimulus package, it would be a mistake to focus only on short-term recovery measures, as important as they are.

May 31, 2020

The Center for Data Innovation submitted a response to the public consultation of the European Commission on the European Strategy for Data, which aims to build a single market for data so it can be more competitive in the global data economy.

May 13, 2020

Europe is trying to get other nations, including in Latin America, to adopt its regulatory regime in order to reduce its own competitive disadvantage.

May 4, 2020

Editor's Note: A version of this article was published by French media outlet Contrepoints on April 30.

April 20, 2020

Emigration, especially of high-skilled workers, is often presumed to be a major problem for developing nations. However, emigrants can drive innovation in their home country by driving up the costs of wages, and thus the returns to labor-saving inventions. A new study supports this idea, comparing the rates of emigration and patenting between communities in Sweden in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

April 13, 2020

It is commonly assumed that the wealth and other benefits that highly innovative firms produce are concentrated among high-skilled workers, since they are the ones who are most likely to be innovating. But a new study casts doubt on this presumption, using matched employee-employer data from the United Kingdom.

March 25, 2020

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation hosted a video webinar with experts from industry and government to discuss Europe’s near-term AI priorities.

March 11, 2020

There is much to like in the European Commission’s newly released Industrial Strategy for Europe, especially as it recognizes the need for more competitive advanced-technology industries and stronger efforts to push back against unfair foreign trade practices. The document gets many things right, recognizing, among other things:

March 10, 2020

WASHINGTON—Following the European Commission’s unveiling of a “New Industrial Strategy for Europe,” the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think and for science and technology policy, today released the following statement from ITIF President Robert D. Atkinson:

March 2, 2020

The growth of artificial intelligence has stoked fears that industries beyond manufacturing could be significantly automated. This underscores the need to study the evidence about modern automation, especially because the facts frequently contradict common concerns.

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