Briefing: Why America Needs the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) - H.R. 2996

ITIF will host a briefing on H.R. 2996 - The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act at the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The RAMI legislation supports public-private partnerships between the federal government, local governments, universities, research institutes, and industry to accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications by leveraging resources to bridge the gap between basic research performed at U.S. universities and research laboratories and product development by U.S. manufacturers. 

Strengthening National Laboratory Commercialization

Post-World War II era U.S. science, technology, and innovation policy has been defined by a linear approach to public investment in basic research. For many decades, this worked because the United States was one of the few countries with the technological capabilities to translate research into new products and services. But in today’s intensely competitive global economy where nations are fiercely competing for innovation advantage, this paradigm is no longer tenable.

Are Advancements in Computing Over? The Future of Moore’s Law

From our smart phones to our broadband networks to the advanced electronics in our cars, we owe them all to “Moore’s Law.” Named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, the term refers to a prediction made in the 1960s that computing power would double every two years. And miraculously it has: computing power is over 1.1 million times faster today than it was 40 years ago. Without this, our digital era would be stillborn.

The Size and Shape of Online Piracy

As ITIF has demonstrated, the Internet has been a key driver of global growth while also providing consumers with vastly more choice and convenience.  But it also has enabled the growth of piracy of digital content. Past research has shown that almost a quarter of global Internet traffic is attributable to copyright-infringing content, while online piracy costs the U.S. economy $22 billion annually.

The E-Gov Act at 10: A Discussion of the Past, Present and Future of Federal E-Government

On December 17, 2002, Congress passed the E-Government Act to create a framework for federal agencies to better deliver services to citizens using IT and the Internet. Since then federal agencies have invested billions of dollars in IT systems to modernize government services, improve productivity, and make government more open. But along with these huge successes, these investments have also brought challenges including cybersecurity threats, privacy concerns, and projects that have gone over budget.

Making Voting More Accessible for Veterans with Disabilities

More than 40,000 American military personnel have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many of these Americans are undergoing lengthy recovery and rehabilitation treatments at hospitals far from home. Many barriers exist that may prevent these Americans from registering and voting in elections. Fortunately, if done right, technology can facilitate voting for these Americans and others who face barriers to participating in the electoral process. Sen.