Just as Prohibition famously increased alcohol consumption, it would seem the “right to be forgotten,” while intended to increase online privacy, may actually have the opposite effect, both by cataloging shameful information and incentivizing individuals to publicize the very materials people want forgotten.
The Expendables: Pirates vs. Action Heroes
The Expendables III leaked online three weeks prior to its on-screen release. Pre-release privacy costs films millions, while reducing creativity, stalling innovation, and harming free speech. While our beloved action heroes were unable to protect their movie from copyright infringement this time, the Internet community can take steps to reduce future leaks.
Why UPP Pricing in the Contact Lens Industry Hurts Consumers and Competition
Rob Atkinson filed comments to the U.S. Senate Committee on Judiciary's Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights in regards to their hearing on pricing polices in the contact lens industry.
Salsa Dancing into the Digital Economy
Colombia’s national soccer team famously taught the world how to properly celebrate a World Cup goal; now the nation is poised to teach the world a thing or two about innovation. By increasing connectivity across the country and making technologies both more accessible and cheaper, Colombia has positioned itself to be a innovation machine.
Key Principles for the ICANN Transition
As the U.S. government considers relinquishing its historic oversight of Internet governance, it is critical to establish a new set of principles and mechanisms to ensure accountability. ITIF joins others in endorsing a proposed set of principles that should be embedded in ICANN before any transition is allowed to be completed.
Proposed E-Labeling Act a Homerun for Internet of Things
The E-Labeling Act would give electronic equipment manufacturers the option to offer Federal Communications Commission (FCC) labeling information electronically, instead of engraving it onto their devices. These efforts, while admittedly a relatively modest proposal, are a useful step towards more innovation, lower costs, and better design for the Internet of Things.
ICT Innovation Policy in China: A Review
China is not only a producer of manufactured goods, but it is increasingly a nexus for technological innovation as a growing share of home grown, high-tech companies compete in the global marketplace. The Chinese government sees information and communications technology (ICT) both as a key catalyst for China’s transition from a manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy and as a positive influence in boosting across the board productivity and overall quality of life in China. That is why a decade ago China designated “informatization,” the adoption and enhancement of ICT in every aspect of the economy and society, as a central facet of the nation’s economic modernization strategy.
This report reviews the long-term, mid-term and industry-specific ICT policies China is utilizing to implement informatization and improve its overall international economic competitiveness. This includes the frameworks to enhance innovation and development in the “Internet of Things,” cloud computing and data innovation.
The report concludes by noting that while Chinese policy is moving in the right direction, the nation still has a long way to go to match the ICT policy framework of the United States or Europe. This would include creating policies to attract, rather than compel, ICT foreign direct investment, while reforming existing regulations and requirements to ensure domestic and foreign firms are operating on a level playing field.
ITIF Files Comments with FCC on Open Internet
ITIF filed comments Tuesday in the FCC's open Internet proceeding encouraging the Commission to move forward with its section 706 approach to protecting and promoting the open Internet while allowing the flexibility needed for innovation within the network itself. Section 706 should be preferred over Title II as a jurisdictional hook for open Internet guidelines for several reasons. It is unclear that Title II offers any real advantage over section 706 and would significantly delay the implementation of real rules, even if all went according to plan. ITIF explained why the fears over "fast lanes" are out of proportion and why appropriate, commercially reasonable prioritization arrangements will be good for consumers, competition, and innovation and should be encouraged.