Information and communications technology (ICT) has already revolutionized many industries, from publishing and entertainment to education and health care, and is now in the early stages of transforming the world’s transportation systems.
Blogs & Op-eds
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.
RAMI Legislation Poised to Revitalize American Manufacturing
The House Science Committee takes up important legislation this Friday in the Revitalize American Manufacturing Innovation (RAMI) Act which would provide Congressional authorization to establish at least fifteen Institutes of Manufacturing Innovation as part of a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Virtually every major American manufacturing competitor-including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Union-both operate and make substantial investments in similar public private partnerships designed to spur innovation in advanced manufacturing product and process technologies in their nations. The network of IMIs would play a vital role in enhancing U.S. industrial competitiveness by supporting development of technologies that will enable U.S. manufacturers to develop the cutting edge technologies needed to compete in the global marketplace. It's time America develop its own National Network for Ma nufacturing Innovation, and we urge the House to follow the Senate's lead in passing the RAMI legislation out of Committee.
U.S.-China Solar Trade Dispute: Short-term Profit vs. Long-term Viability
The United States and China are locked in a protracted solar trade war that has caused controversy within the solar industry. While some deride the war as harmful, the United States must continue to aggressively fight with all means necessary. Not taking action is irresponsibly shortsighted and threatens the long-term viability of the global solar industry.
Debunking the Myth of a STEM Surplus
The Census bureau recently reported that only 26 percent of STEM graduates go into STEM fields. Rather than expressing a surplus of STEM talent, this statistic reflects an overly broad definition of STEM majors, a narrow definition of STEM occupations, and demand for STEM skills in all sectors of the economy. High wages and low unemployment rates show for STEM careers show that the STEM surplus is actually a STEM shortage.
How Data and Analytics Can Help the Developing World
Projects spanning big and small data, from complex approaches for modeling disease diffusion to simple analyses enabled by newly open government data, are now being utilized by international organizations such as the United Nations and numerous countries to improve the lives of citizens in the developing world. These activities can enhance quality of life while also advancing public health, public safety, government services, and agricultural development.
It’s Not Too Late for India’s New Beginning
New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP party won election in part on campaign pledges to improve the environment for doing business in India, in part by improving India's intellectual property environment. Yet foreign developers of innovative life sciences products continue to face challenges securing intellectual property rights in India, including with regard to compulsory licenses, patent denials, and patent revocations. Meanwhile, India has fallen to 134th in the World Bank's Doing Business Index and to 76th (from 62nd in 2011) in INSEAD's Global Innovation Index. This is a reflection of Indian policies in recent years that have focused more on advantaging domestic producers at the expense of foreign competitors as opposed to boosting the innovation capacity of India’s own entrepreneurs, businesses, and industries. While it's still early in Modi's tenure, and there are some positive signs of prog ress, if India is to become a robust 21st-century economy it must renounce the tried-and-failed innovation mercantilist policies of the past and instead embrace core tenets of free and competitive markets, open and non-discriminatory trade, protections for innovators' intellectual property, and openness to flows of goods, technology, capital, and people.
Putting Productivity First
Contrary to the beliefs of some advocates, evidence shows that technological change and productivity growth actually creates jobs in the mid and long term. And given the importance of the high-tech economy on global competitiveness, nations should embrace, not fear, technology.