The Vital Importance of High-Performance Computing to U.S. Competitiveness and National Security

High-performance computing (HPC)—which leverages “supercomputers” and massively parallel processing techniques to solve complex computational problems through computer modeling, simulation, and data analysis techniques—represents a strategic, game-changing technology with tremendous economic competitiveness, science leadership, and national security implications for the United States. But as competitor countries dramatically increase their investments in HPC systems and technologies, future U.S. leadership in HPC is no longer assured.

Securing the Future of Open Data in the United States: Introducing the OPEN Government Data Act

The Center for Data Innovation and the Data Coalition hosted a panel discussion about the future of open government data in the United States.

Open data—data that is made freely available to use without restrictions—serves as a platform for innovation in the public and private sectors that supports $1.1 trillion in annual economic value, helps solve some of the country’s most pressing social challenges, and introduces unprecedented levels of transparency to government operations.

Decoding the Encryption Dilemma: A Conversation on Backdoors, Going Dark, and Cybersecurity

As a steady stream of advancements in encryption have made products and services more secure for consumers and businesses, some members of the law enforcement and intelligence community have grown concerned that these innovations will inhibit their ability to prevent terrorism and prosecute crimes. While these advancements will undoubtedly impact how the government fights crime and terrorism, attempts to limit encryption are impractical, create new cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and make it more difficult for U.S. companies to compete abroad. 

From the Telegraph to the Smartphone: The History of Electronic Innovations and the Creators Behind Them

When we gaze at our smart phones or tap away on our computers, it is easy to take for granted the miracle of electronic innovation. But behind every one of these devices is the story of a creator who conceived it. Please join ITIF for a discussion with Derek Cheung, a Ph.D.

Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, and Open Science: A New Paradigm for Discovery

In fields ranging from genomics to quantum physics, researchers are increasingly using data-intensive computing to generate new insights and discoveries. Because of the volume of data involved in this research, scientists often store, analyze, and share it in the cloud. By leveraging the nearly infinite scale and tremendous computer power available in the cloud, they also are developing novel analytics tools and conducting more open and collaborative research that is accelerating the growth of scientific knowledge.

Seizing Europe’s Data Innovation Opportunity

The rapidly growing data economy presents an enormous opportunity for Europe to increase productivity and competitiveness. Public sector institutions alone could save more than €100 billion annually from increased use of data. Moreover, data-driven innovation will likely play a key role in addressing a wide array of the most important challenges facing Europe, from supporting an ageing population to improving domestic security to combating human trafficking.

Passing the Torch: How Will Internet Governance Change in a Post-American World?

How the Internet is governed will change significantly in the year ahead, as the U.S. government anticipates relinquishing its oversight of key technical functions to ICANN and China launches a competing institution to encourage greater state control of the Internet. This creates significant uncertainty and raises important questions for stakeholders around the world. Does ICANN have the institutional capacity and leadership ability to take on its new role? How will the rapidly changing environment impact Internet policy in coming years? And who will be the biggest winners and losers?

The Year Ahead in Drone Innovation

With the launch of the FAA’s drone registry and forthcoming rules, this year will likely be a turning point in the development of unmanned aircraft systems in the United States. As this technology proliferates, policymakers will be grappling with many important questions, such as how to protect consumer safety and security and whether to set rules at the federal level or state level? How will these new rules affect commercial drone usage? And how can policymakers expedite the arrival of drone delivery services for consumers?

Regulating Broadband Privacy Under Title II: What Could Go Wrong?

With the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considering a rulemaking to create broadband privacy rules, ITIF hosted a panel discussion on the wisdom or folly of sector-specific regulation, how to best balance consumer protections with the value unlocked by data analytics, and the broader context of ongoing changes in both telecommunications and privacy policy.