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March 26, 2018

The EU’s new data privacy rules, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will have a negative impact on the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe, putting EU firms at a competitive disadvantage compared with their competitors in North America and Asia.

March 13, 2018

The Internet of Things offers myriad benefits to European society. But the European Union’s forthcoming ePrivacy Regulation could throw sand in the gears of progress. As Nick Wallace writes for EUobserver, policymakers should narrow the scope of the regulation while they still have the opportunity.

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).

November 22, 2017

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation submitted comments to the European Commission in response to its recent impact assessment on “fairness in platform-to-business relations,” a study to investigate practices by online platforms—digital services that cater to two-sided markets—in their relations with other businesses.

November 20, 2017

European product innovators—firms that release new goods and services into the market—increased their employment by 8.5 percent during recessions (versus 12 percent during booms), writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

November 15, 2017

If the EU intends to build a Digital Single Market home to the next generation of tech companies, then it needs consistent policies that allow businesses in all sectors to take advantage of online advertising.

November 6, 2017

The average technology-based Italian businesses located in a science park cluster produced 5 additional patents when compared to a similar business not located in a science park, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

October 10, 2017

Data innovation is making a major contribution to Europe’s economy, but there are stark variations between countries. This report uses a variety of indicators to measure data innovation in the EU and rank its 28 member states, identifying why some countries are ahead, and what others can do to catch up.

October 10, 2017

As a host of new digital technologies have emerged over the last decade, data has become a key driver of economic growth, social progress and innovation.  But what is the true state of data innovation in the EU, and how do European national economies compare in their use of and support for data?

September 26, 2017

The European Commission is set to release a report this week on corporate tax reform. According to news reports, it will recommend that the European Union make unilateral changes to the way its members tax large international companies. If these reports are accurate, European leaders should reject the report’s proposals.

September 18, 2017

When French fishing boats adopted a new fishing net design, it improved the quality of fish harvest by 29 percent and decreased fish prices by 23 percent.

September 6, 2017

The Center for Data Innovation emphasizes the fact that there is little to no evidence to support hyperbolic fears about AI in its response to a call for evidence by the select committee on artificial intelligence of the UK’s House of Lords.

August 30, 2017

The European Banking Authority recently proposed banning third-party financial services firms from using software to automatically collect consumer data from banks. That would limit innovation by enabling financial institutions to unfairly restrict their customers’ ability to share data with companies whose services often compete with those of the banks.

August 28, 2017

Among Irish firms, a 10 percent increase in R&D investment per employee raised productivity by 12 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

August 7, 2017

Foreign-owned Spanish manufacturing firms were 15 percent more productive from 1998 to 2012 than locally-owned firms, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

June 29, 2017

“4.0 innovation” is something both sides of the Atlantic should not only welcome, but do everything possible to accelerate.

June 14, 2017

German laws criminalizing hate speech and defamation are already some of the most restrictive in Europe, writes Nick Wallace in The Local. But a new bill going through the Bundestag, intended to combat hate speech, will create powerful incentives for online platforms to suppress content that is not even illegal, and inhibit the development of data-driven tools that offer more sophisticated ways of fighting extremism.

June 12, 2017

In the EU, increasing R&D investment by one percent creates 30 percent more employment in high-tech firms than medium-tech firms, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

June 5, 2017

As manned Dutch fuel stations were automated from 2005 to 2011, their fuel prices dropped by 1 to 2 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

May 19, 2017

The raison d’etre for the EU’s Digital Single Market was to incorporate the digital economy into EU integration. But from its very launch, the strategy always went far beyond that, imposing too many restrictions on new technologies, writes Nick Wallace in EU Observer.

May 2, 2017

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation has responded to the European Parliament’s public consultation on Civil Law Rules and Robotics.

April 26, 2017

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation has responded to the European Commission’s online questionnaire regarding its Building the European Data Economy package.

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