Timely access to information is crucial for informed decisionmaking, but official government statistics are often months or years old by the time they are published. In addition, government statistics can be expensive to produce, burdensome on respondents, and sometimes even inaccurate or imprecise—all factors which limit their usefulness to policymakers, businesses, and others. To address this problem, some researchers are experimenting with using alternative data sources to complement or replace traditional government statistics.
In light of Panama Papers, Europe has a long way to go before corporate data is truly accessible to the public and should follow the UK's lead, writes Daniel Castro in EurActiv.
As the digital economy enters a new phase, Europe is well-positioned to establish itself as a world leader, if it can avoid succumbing to protectionist urges, writes Joshua New in InformationAge.
European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip’s visit to Boston this week highlights that what Europe does with its digital single market is likely to have considerable impact on U.S. technology companies, writes Rob Atkinson in Huffington Post.
To unlock the potential of the data its governments are sitting on, Europe should agree on a European Open Data Charter modeled on the G8 Open Data Charter, writes Paul MacDonnell in EurActiv.
In Europe’s capital cities and in Brussels, policymakers have not yet fully embraced data-driven innovation as a core driver of economic and social progress.
Join ITIF's Center for Data Innovation at the inaugural event for its Brussels office where it will host a thoughtful discussion about the future of data policy in Europe, including opportunities to build and expand on successes to increase the use of data throughout the public and private sector.
While fears about data generate the most headlines, the biggest impact for consumers will come from its array of benefits, writes Paul MacDonnell in TechCrunch.
Advances in data analytics are the perfect opportunity for European companies to take the lead in the global Internet economy, if regulators get out of the way, writes Paul MacDonnell in the Wall Street Journal.
Anti-GMO activists have erected barriers to agricultural biotech innovation that could cost the poorest nations on earth up to $1.5 trillion through 2050.
To maximize the benefits of the Internet of Things, Europe needs a comprehensive strategy with public sector investment and a wider program to ensure there is no lag in the adoption, writes Paul MacDonnell in Europe’s World.
ITIF will host a discussion with FTC Commissioner Julie Brill on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. EST, to explore this new agreement, weigh the reactions of privacy regulators on both sides, and delve into challenges still ahead for Europe and the U.S. to promote transatlantic data flows.
We commend U.S. and European negotiators for completing an agreement that avoids disrupting the transatlantic digital economy.
While we are encouraged by the progress made to date, we are disappointed that U.S. and European negotiators did not reach an agreement on a new Safe Harbor framework by the January 31 deadline.
To become the world’s innovation leader, it takes a culture and regulatory environment that embraces disruptive innovation—which Europe does not have—says Rob Atkinson in Europe’s World.
Europe needs to cash in on the data economy—and in a lot of ways, it already is, argues Paul MacDonnell in EurActiv.
Rob Atkinson writes for the German Marshall Fund that many of the European Commission’s proposals under the Digital Single Market seek to achieve one goal that will make it harder to achieve other goals.
The EU’s new data protection regulation is a missed opportunity to fix data transfers with the United States, writes Rob Atkinson in EurActiv.
ITIF offered recommendations to the European Commission for its transition to a single market for mobile communications.
Regulators already have the ability to address clear cases of anticompetitive or anticonsumer behavior. Beyond that, the legitimate concerns of government are limited.
Gϋnther Oettinger's visit to the did little to dispel U.S. concerns about the Digital Single Market, writes Nigel Cory in Innovation Files.
The evolution of the political economy of innovation has differed between the United States and Europe, write Stephen Ezell and Philip Marxgut.
Stephen Ezell gave a presentation to staff from the International Trade Administration on the key elements of Europe’s Digital Single Market and General Data Protection Regulation proposals, discussing some of the competition, trade, and economic policy issues they raise.
The European Commission must embrace the concept of comparative advantage and encourage the use of information and communications technologies if it wishes to forge a successful Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement, writes Stephen Ezell in EurActiv.
France should try to find common ground with other countries and formalize consensus on universal rules that govern the Internet, says Alan McQuinn in Europolitics.