How the Cloud Can Drive Economic Growth
Supercharging EU Productivity with Digital Technologies
While Europe steadily reduced the productivity gap with the U.S. after WWII, since the mid-1990s this gap has widened as EU productivity growth has stalled, leaving many European companies uncompetitive, incomes stagnant, and government finances in turmoil. If Europe is going to catch up it must follow the same path that drove U.S. productivity growth, in particular, more ubiquitous adoption of information and communication technology (ICT). ITIF hosted events with the Policy Network in London and the Lisbon Council in Brussels to assess the roots of the EU’s productivity and ICT adoption challenges, and to discuss a series of reforms designed to spur utilization and enhance growth.
Does The Internet Need A New Communications Act?" Recess Briefing
Doug Brake argued the case for Communications Act rewrite at the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee’s event “Does the Internet Need a New Communications Act?” Doug claimed it is not that we need a new act to regulate activity on the web, but instead because so many of our communications platforms are converging on the Internet, a rethinking of old regulation.
Moving Forward: The Challenge of the Future
On Tuesday, September 2, Stephen Ezell gave the keynote presentation to the Swedish Network for Innovation and Technology Transfer Support’s Innovation by Collaboration conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Ezell’s presentation emphasized the increasingly collaborative nature of innovation and the global innovation system, discussed the strengths and weaknesses of both the American and Swedish national innovation systems, and provided recommendations for how both countries could increase their rates of innovation, collaboration, kno
Global Perspectives on Innovation Policy
Robert Atkinson was selected by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the agency’s Speaker Program on Science, Technology and Innovation. Atkinson traveled to Columbia to participate in a forum on how governments can enhance collaboration between business enterprises and universities for development of new technologies.
The Future of Transportation Technology and System Finance
Rob Atkinson will speak on a panel at "The Future of Transportation Technology and System Finance" presented by the Center for American Progress on July 11 from 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
A technological revolution is coming to transportation that will forever change both how we travel and how we pay for our travel. Nationwide, 117,000 active highway and public transportation projects and 700,000 workers rely on funding from the Highway Trust Fund. Yet, the U.S. Department of Transportation projects that the fund will run out of money in late July 2014. Since 2008, Congress has backfilled the fund with $54 billion in general tax revenues with another $170 billion needed in order to keep the fund solvent over the next 10 years. New vehicle technology platforms will allow states and the federal government to charge drivers for every mile they drive rather than how much fuel they consume. What does this new technology mean for privacy, roadway congestion, and safety? Will the federal government continue to play a central role in transportation infrastructure in the future?
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Robert D. Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Leo McCloskey, Senior Vice President for Technical Programs, Intelligent Transportation Society of America
Colin F. Peppard, Policy Advisor for Transportation and Infrastructure, Office of Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)
Joshua L. Schank, President and CEO, Eno Center for Transportation
Kevin DeGood, Director of Infrastructure Policy, Center for American Progress