The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Washington, DC

Founded in 2006, ITIF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute—a think tank—focusing on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy. Its mission is to formulate and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovation and boost productivity to spur growth, opportunity, and progress.

ITIF does this in a number of ways:

On the strength and influence of this work, the University of Pennsylvania has ranked ITIF as the top science and technology think tank in the United States, and number two in the world. See 2015 ITIF Year In Review

ITIF is led by its president and founder, Robert D. Atkinson, an internationally recognized policy scholar and widely published author whom The New Republic has named one of the “three most important thinkers about innovation,” Washingtonian Magazine has called a “Tech Titan,” and Government Technology Magazine has judged to be one of the 25 top “Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of Information Technology.” Under Atkinson, ITIF’s team of policy analysts and fellows includes authors and recognized experts in the fields of economics, tax policy, trade, telecommunications, privacy, cybersecurity, and life sciences, among many others. ITIF also is home to the highly regarded Center for Data Innovation, which develops and promotes policy ideas to capitalize on the tremendous economic and social benefits that data-driven innovation can offer.

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Most Recent Publications

January 4, 2016

China’s Broken Promises
After almost 15 years of Chinese membership in the WTO, it is becoming increasingly clear that the vision of China embracing a rules-governed, market-based global trade system has yet to materialize, Stephen Ezell writes in The International Economy.
by Stephen Ezell

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December 3, 2015

How Certain Are You That Robots Won’t Create as Many Jobs as They Displace?
Despite what techno-doomsayers claim, robots and automation will not destroy the economy.
by Robert D. Atkinson

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November 30, 2015

An Easy Checkoff for Global Competitiveness: The Case for a U.S. Innovation Box
Taxing corporate revenues from innovation-based activities less will not only boost U.S. global competitiveness it will help bring back IP-based corporate profits now overseas.
by Robert D. Atkinson

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November 6, 2015

How Transportation Became the Latest Victim of America’s Culture Wars
Congress cannot agree on how to reauthorize—let alone modernize—federal surface transportation legislation because the bitterly polarized “culture wars” have taken hold of the debate. by Robert D. Atkinson

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October 28, 2015

The Future of Work: Technology, Please Move Faster
For all the hype about us entering a “second machine age” it’s not clear that technological change and productivity is likely to speed up—but for the sake of boosting incomes around the world, one hopes it does.
by Robert D. Atkinson

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October 26, 2015

Congress Needs to Pass Tax Extenders That Encourage Investment and Jobs
The policy rationale for the R&D tax credit and bonus depreciation is abundantly clear; Congress should extend and then make them permanent.
by Joe Kennedy

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October 9, 2015

Wanted: Presidential Campaigns That Focus on ‘Yankee Ingenuity’
We can't “make America great again”—or solve key challenges such as making clean energy affordable or boosting productivity—without a policy agenda to get Yankee ingenuity back into high gear.
by Robert D. Atkinson

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October 2, 2015

Manufacturing Day Highlights Opportunities to Bolster U.S. Manufacturing
To power sustained American industrial renewal, it will take a coordinated set of policies around the "4Ts": technology, tax, trade and talent.
by Stephen Ezell and Adams Nager

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