Blogs & Op-eds

How Immigration Policy Has Walled Off Silicon Valley

October 1, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Restrictive immigration policies are holding Silicon Valley back and encouraging companies who need access to high skill labor to locate elsewhere. In an era where top talent, especially in STEM fields, is a valuable national resource, the United States should be actively working to recruit high-skilled labor, following the example of countries such as Chile and Canada, instead of closing the door to skilled immigration. 

Modi's U.S. Visit a Prime Opportunity For A Relationship Reset

September 30, 2014
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown he is a strong leader of India, now he needs to show that India can be a strong global leader of economic and trade liberalization and integration. This will improve both the Indian and global economies and greatly enhance India’s trade relations with nations across the globe, including the United States.

Spoiler Alert! Illegal Downloaders Steal Content Even When Legally Available

September 29, 2014
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KPMG just released a first of its kind study assessing the availability of movies and TV shows online. It found that as of December 2013, 81 percent of the 808 unique films studied were available on at least 10 of the 34 online video-on-demand (VOD) service providers.

Can Mitigating Global Climate Change be a Free Lunch?

September 29, 2014
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Rather than make spurious claims that climate mitigation is free, advocates and policymakers should be discussing how policy (in this country and others) can make clean energy as affordable as possible.

Improving Manufacturing Education and Innovation

September 28, 2014
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Science-based discoveries aren’t sufficient anymore to promote American competitiveness. The United States must also be able to make things here. And that requires engineering-based innovation and education, which will assist American firms in developing the next generation of technologies and industries. And two key, complementary approaches to addressing that challenge are creating American Manufacturing Universities and establishing the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

Time for the National Labs to Go Local

September 25, 2014
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Ask any tech entrepreneur or start-up founder what they know about the Department of Energy's (DOE) national laboratories and most will shrug their shoulders. A few may refer to the famed Manhattan Project that built the atomic bomb — the impetus for creating the labs in the 1940s. Even fewer will know how to engage with the labs to advance their business. This gap needs to be lessened if we hope to further leverage the expertise of the labs to spur innovation and economic growth.

A Modi Administration Report Card on the Eve of His Visit to the United States

September 25, 2014
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On the eve of his first official visit to Washington, ITIF takes stock of the Modi Administration’s policies in its first four months in office.

Department of Energy’s National Labs Can Also Be Regional Hubs

September 24, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

The Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories are a $12.5 billion network of potentially transformative basic and applied R&D hubs located in or near many of the nation’s metropolitan areas. However, the labs are today underutilized as true economic assets. How can they be better leveraged?

Driving Economic Evolution

September 23, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Ever wonder why innovation policy gets so little attention in Washington? One reason is the manner in which policymakers — and the economists who advise them — conceptualize the economy.

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.