Blogs & Op-eds

American Manufacturing Needs a Redeem Team

October 30, 2014
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Writing in Inside Sources, Nager utilizes the performance of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team as an analogy for the current performance of U.S. manufacturing. Like that team our manufacturing sector is unfocused, ill-prepared for international competition, and unable to utilize its advantages. To address the challenges we face the U.S. needs a new manufacturing strategy to ensure that future advanced industries are developed and cutting-edge goods are produced here at home.

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

October 29, 2014
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Current digital policies don't adequately cover dead people, much less zombies. As we approach Halloween, here are five digital policies that need updating.

Trade Promotion Authority A Vital Component of U.S. Trade Policy

October 29, 2014
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Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is an essential component of U.S. trade policy, for several reasons. First, passing TPA legislation sends a clear and unmistakable signal that both Congress and the Administration take seriously the need for strong American leadership in crafting a successful global trade system going forward. Second, TPA helps make the high-standard trade agreements that America’s trade negotiators are currently negotiating, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), better. The third reason is that TPA supports U.S. exports, which supports American jobs and American economic growth.

The Best Search Results are the Legal Ones

October 24, 2014
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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.

Leaked TPP IP Chapter Much Ado About Nothing

October 24, 2014
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Despite scandalous trumpeting by those who wish to sow fear, doubt, and uncertainty regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership, “revelations” that have been claimed to be uncovered in a leaked version of the agreement’s IP chapter are either downright unfounded or significantly overblown.

Separating Fact from Fiction in the TPP

October 24, 2014
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As the negotiators for the Trans Pacific Partnership convene in Australia this weekend, it would behoove them to take a moment to separate fact from fiction before discussing the agreement's intellectual property chapter. IP is integral to a growing share of industries in the TPP economies, from agriculture to information technology to biomedicine. Failure to recognize these facts within a trade deal as monumental and revolutionary as the TPP could be devastating for not only the participating countries but also for the prospects of continued global innovation writ large.

Big Data is a Powerful Weapon in the Fight for Equality

October 23, 2014
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Not only are fears that big data will lead to discrimination in the future likely overblown, but they have clouded the debate. Daniel Castro writes in The Hill that those working to fight discrimination should look to data as a way to further eliminate unjust biases in society, and create a more fair and transparent world.

The Alternative to the Climate Nuclear Option is Innovation

October 22, 2014
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Pro-growth climate advocates need to create an expanded, cohesive, and higher priority clean energy innovation strategy to counter the “climate nuclear option” and provide the most viable policy alternative to achieve the decarbonization necessary to address climate change.

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

October 21, 2014
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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.

GMOs, Neonicotinoids, and Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic: The Fish & Wildlife Service Brings a “Whole Foods” Approach to Wildlife While Shooting Itself in Our Foot

October 21, 2014
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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service quietly announced last summer they would ban the use of the most modern, safest, and most productive new pesticides and improved seeds in national wildlife refuges. This forces them to rely on agricultural techniques with more negative environmental impacts and undermines their conservation mission.  Why did they do this? They bought into special interest propaganda and failed to test their prejudices against data and experience. The wildlife they sacrifice on the alter of political correctness will not thank them. 

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