Issues relating to the digital economy.

ICT Innovation Policy in China: A Review

July 21, 2014
| Reports

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

July 15, 2014
| Testimony and Filings

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.

ITIF Praises House for Passage of Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

The FTC Should Reward, Not Penalize, Companies that Innovate in Good Faith

July 11, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a lawsuit against, alleging that the company had failed to set sufficiently tight controls for purchases made by children while using mobile apps. This is despite the fact that Amazon broke no law or rule in implementing their new 1-click technology, which improves efficiency for online purchases. Instead of using lawsuits to punish companies after the fact, the FTC should use its own rule making authority or urge Congress to act, when looking to address specific issues related to the use of new innovative technology. Doing otherwise circumvents the democratic process, reduces transparency, and limits innovation.

Misinformation in the Internet Tax Freedom Act Debate

June 25, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

The Internet Tax Freedom Act keeps broadband prices down and encourages faster adoption rates of internet technology. However, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities' Michael Mazerov claims that price is not a significant factor in limiting broadband adoption. The evidence says otherwise, including the evidence that Mazerov himself cites. In reality, the literature shows that cost has a large impact on broadband adoption and is the limiting factor for most non-subscribers.

The Tech Policy Top Five

June 10, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

To assist those looking to curl up with a good book, ITIF presents its 2014 Innovation and Tech Policy Reading List. It identifies the books that best add to the innovation and competitiveness policy debate.

Geoblocking Can Increase Consumer Welfare and Improve Income Equality

June 5, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

The practice of “geoblocking,” which occurs when the price and availability of an online product varies according to the geographic location of the customer, has encountered some resistance from advocates, but the practice can benefit consumers by increasing total supply, lowering average prices, and encouraging a competitive market in which consumers are offered an increasingly diverse supply of products. By providing lower prices for consumers in low income nations, it can also be highly progressive. As such, it would be a mistake for policymakers to restrict such pricing practices.

The Copyright Alert System: Year One in Review

May 28, 2014 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
121 Cannon House Office Building
United States Capitol

ITIF hosts the one-year anniversary of the Center for Copyright Information’s Copyright Alert System (CAS). The CAS is a voluntary collaboration between leading Internet service providers (ISPs) and copyright holders designed to reduce digital copyright infringement through a progressive series of six graduated notifications. Read more »

Bandwidth-sipping IoT Steers Clear of Net Neutrality Debate, for Now

PC World
Paid prioritization could help Internet of Things applications achieve better performance and enhance future development, says Doug Brake.
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