Innovation, including the diffusion of information technology throughout the economy, is key to boosting productivity, which in turn is at the heart of increasing living standards.

Stick to the Middle East Tom

October 19, 2011
| Blogs & Op-eds

Rob Atkinson highlights the misconceptions of Thomas Freidman with regard to the China currency bill, affirming a large part of the recession has to do with the fact that systemic Chinese mercantilism hollowed out our manufacturing and tech base, leading to the loss of millions of American jobs. Friedman arguing that when a country systematically attacks our economy, that if we fight back it would cause a trade war, misses the point. America needs to effectively respond to Chinese mercantilism: start defending ourselves.

Boosting Competitiveness by Connecting Science and Industry: Insights from Germany's Innovation Model

October 18, 2011 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
Suite 610A

Germany has emerged from the global downturn as one of the world's strongest economies. What's the secret behind Germany's economic strength? Read more »

Boosting Competitiveness by Connecting Science and Industry: Insights from Germany's Innovation Model

October 18, 2011
Analyzing what lessons the U.S. can learn from Germany’s high-tech and innovation strategy.

Germany has emerged from the global downturn as one of the world's strongest economies. What's the secret behind Germany's economic strength? The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, the German Center for Research & Innovation, and ITIF held an event that featured presentations on Germany's High-Tech Strategy from Engelbert Beyer, Head of the Directorate Innovation Strategies, and Dr. Jan Wessels, Division for Innovation Policy Issues, from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and on its Fraunhofer System from Dr. Read more »

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Has America Gone Soft?

Fareed Zakaria cites ITIF in arguing that America is lacking in global competitiveness.

Fareed Zakaria cites ITIF in arguing that America lacks global competitiveness. Zakaria uses the Atlantic Century II report to show where America ranks on a global scale and how President Obama's recent comments about the faltering state of American innovation are valid. 

A Bretton Woods for Innovation

October 11, 2011
| Reports

In a World Policy Institute article, Senior Analyst Stephen Ezell reflects on the 44 nations that convened in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire to make financial arrangements for the post-World War II economy. While these institutions worked well for half a century, now that the commodity-based manufacturing system has evolved into a knowledge and innovation economy, the strains on the Bretton Woods system have become clear.Going forward, the challenge will be to balance countries’ pursuit of the highest possible standard of living for their citizens in a way that promotes, rather than distorts, global innovation. We need a new international framework that sets clear parameters for what constitutes fair and unfair innovation competition, creating new institutions (and updating old ones) that maximize innovation.

Washington Ideas Forum

October 5, 2011

ITIF President Rob Atkinson will be interviewed during a lunch session as part of the third-annual Washington Ideas Forum. The Forum gathers an audience of 600 people, including government officials, top business executives, global thought leaders, academics, and celebrities. It is the place to hear the most prominent thinkers of our time.

ITIF Hails Unique and Historic Contributions of the Late Steve Jobs

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation today observed the passing of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs with the following statement:  Read more »

Review: "That Used to Be Us" by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

September 30, 2011
| Blogs & Op-eds

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In a review for The Washington Post, ITIF President Rob Atkinson argues the new best seller by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandlebaum suffers from an inaccurate diagnosis and insufficient cure. That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back is correct in some of its discussion of the causes of and solutions to our current economic woes, but Atkinson explains it misses the mark in some fundamental ways. Even if we return to what made us great and invest in education, infrastructure and technology, as the authors recommend, Atkinson contends our competitiveness as a nation and the prosperity of our workers will remain at risk from issues the authors either ignore or misunderstand, namely misguided tax policies and non-existent innovation strategies at home and rampant innovation mercantilism around the world.

Are Investment Incentives Necessary in Corporate Tax Reform?

September 27, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Russell Senate Office Building
Constitution Avenue and 1st Street NE
Kennedy Caucus Room (Russell 325)

There is growing interest in the issue of corporate tax reform as a way to boost economic growth and U.S. international competitiveness. While any comprehensive tax reform involves a multitude of issues, one important issue is the extent to which a reformed tax code should include, or even stress, specific incentives to shape corporate behavior. Read more »

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