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Is U.S. Tech Policy Ready For A Zombie Apocalypse?

October 29, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Current digital policies don't adequately cover dead people, much less zombies. As we approach Halloween, here are five digital policies that need updating.

Taxes on Information Technologies Threatening Economic Growth, Report Says

New York Times
Raising taxes and tariffs on one of the most important technologies to drive productivity and innovation is self-defeating, says Robert Atkinson.

Raising taxes and tariffs on one of the most important technologies to drive productivity and innovation is self-defeating, says Robert Atkinson.

ITIF Ranks 125 Nations on Discriminatory ICT Taxes and Tariffs

The Best Search Results are the Legal Ones

October 24, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Most notable in its How Google Fights Piracy Report are the three ways Google has reformed search over the last year: demoting sites with many DMCA takedown notices, removing piracy-related autocomplete terms, and ad formats.

ITIF Comments to the New York State Department of Financial Services on the Proposed BitLicense Framework

October 21, 2014
| Testimony and Filings

The New York State Department of Financial Services’ (NYSDFS) is currently considering regulations for virtual currencies (e.g. Bitcoin). While ITIF believes that the State of New York is likely the wrong entity to address these important policy issues, we have offered a number of recommendations should it continue to pursue these regulations. To strike the right balance that helps protect customers and root out illegal activity without stifling innovation or competition, New York should foster new entrants and budding virtual currencies without burdening their adoption with heavy-handed reporting requirements. Virtual currencies may be the next wave of innovation in our country’s financial services or they may be just a flash in the pan. Only time and a light regulatory touch will tell.

New York should ensure “BitLicenses” are a Step Forward for Innovation

October 21, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

New York State has proposed regulating virtual currency businesses. While ITIF believes the State of New York is likely the wrong entity to address these important policy issues, we have offered some recommendations for the BitLicensing framework. This blog accompanies our recommendations.

ICANN: Reforms Needed before U.S. Hands Over Control

Information Week
In this op-ed, U.S. Senator Mark Warner cites ITIF's policy recommendations regarding the ICANN transition.

Outside, In: eDiplomacy

October 9, 2014
Robert Atkinson discussed how technology is empowering egalitarian voices, changing global relationships and improving the way countries, companies and citizens interact at this event sponsored by Politico.

Robert Atkinson discussed how technology is empowering egalitarian voices, changing global relationships and improving the way countries, companies and citizens interact at this event sponsored by Politico.

The LEADS Act Presents a Path Forward for Cross-border Digital Searches

September 22, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Yesterday, Senators Hatch, Coons and Heller introduced the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act which seeks to clarify the powers that warrants issued by the U.S. courts have on data stored abroad. If enacted, this law could have both immediate effects on a current court case, and far-reaching effects on international agreements for cross-border access to data for law enforcement purposes.