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Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

The think tank at the forefront of tech policy.

Washington, DC   |  www.itif.org

Mission

As technological innovation transforms the global economy and society, policymakers often lack the specialized knowledge and informed perspective necessary to evaluate and respond to fast-moving issues and circumstances. What should they do to capitalize on new opportunities, overcome challenges, and avoid potential pitfalls? The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) exists to provide answers and point the way forward.

Founded in 2006, ITIF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate, evaluate, and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovation and boost productivity to spur growth, opportunity, and progress. ITIF's goal is to provide policymakers around the world with high-quality information, analysis, and recommendations they can trust. To that end, ITIF adheres to a high standard of research integrity with an internal code of ethics grounded in the core values of analytical rigor, policy pragmatism, and independence from external direction or bias.

Ruling year info

2007

President

Robert D. Atkinson

Main address

700 K Street NW Suite 600

Washington, DC 20001 USA

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EIN

20-4403497

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (U05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Computer Science (U41)

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Science and Technology Policy

ITIF formulates and promotes policy solutions in five main areas covering a range of specific issues:

1. INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS
2. IT AND DATA
3. TELECOMMUNICATIONS
4. TRADE AND GLOBALIZATION
5. LIFE SCIENCES, AGRICULTURAL BIOTECH, AND ENERGY

Population(s) Served

From creating a modern, evidence-based health care system to building sustainable, energy-efficient cities, data is increasingly a critical component in many initiatives to make the world a better place. In the coming years, the collection, analysis, and use of massive amounts of data will have the potential to generate enormous social and economic benefits, but successfully capitalizing on these opportunities will require public policies designed to allow data-driven innovation to flourish.

With staff in Washington, DC and the UK, the Center formulates and promotes pragmatic public policies designed to maximize the benefits of data-driven innovation in the public and private sectors. It educates policymakers and the public about the opportunities and challenges associated with data, as well as technology trends such as predictive analytics, open data, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things.

For more information, visit datainnovation.org.

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A must-read for the tech policy community, ITIF's weekly update summarizes its latest reports, commentary, news, and upcoming events: www.itif.org/get-our-newsletter.

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ITIF hosts panel discussions, debates, roundtables, and presentations featuring distinguished authors, policymakers, thinkers, and other leaders on issues shaping the course of technology innovation.

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ITIF's original research reports provide rigorous issue analysis and pragmatic policy solutions to accelerate technology innovation, productivity, and economic growth.

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ITIF analysts testify frequently before the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, state houses, and other governmental bodies around the world.

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ITIF advances pragmatic policy solutions in five key areas:

INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS: As nations engage in a race for global advantage in innovation, ITIF champions a new policy paradigm that ensures businesses and national economies can compete successfully by spurring public and private investment in foundational areas such as research, skills, and 21st century infrastructure.

IT AND DATA: As every sector of the global economy and nearly every facet of modern society undergo digital transformation, ITIF advocates for policies that spur not just the development of IT innovations, but more importantly their adoption and use throughout the economy.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS: As the Internet has evolved from an occasional-use resource to a pervasive, always-on broadband ecosystem, the networking technologies underpinning it have developed faster than legal and regulatory frameworks can adjust. ITIF advocates for policies to ensure that networks of the future can continue developing to their fullest potential.

TRADE AND GLOBALIZATION: ITIF believes that growing the innovation economy requires tight and deep integration of global markets—but with the critical caveat that this integration must come with strong commitments to openness and robust, market-oriented national competitiveness policies, not protectionist market distortions.

LIFE SCIENCES, AGRICULTURAL BIOTECH, AND ENERGY: ITIF believes innovation is central to addressing global climate change while increasing economic growth, boosting international competitiveness, and eliminating energy poverty. Similarly, ITIF champions innovation as an essential catalyst for promoting human health, agricultural productivity, and ecological sustainability.

There are three strategic thrusts to ITIF's research programs and educational activities:

* Setting the policy agenda on technology, innovation, and global competition issues by producing original research reports and analytical commentary;

* Shaping public debate by hosting events, giving speeches and presentations, providing official testimony, and serving as expert issue analysts in the news media; and

* Advising policymakers through direct interaction in Washington, DC, and other state, national, and regional capitals around the world.

ITIF's greatest asset is the expertise and relentless drive of its staff, which 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 comparatively small 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.

With an annual operating budget of less than $4 million, ITIF's team punches far above its weight, producing 35 to 40 major research reports per year; hosting at least that many events; publishing 100 or more op-ed articles, essays, and commentaries in the press; and participating in hundreds of official meetings, testimonies, and government filings on a wide range of policy matters. And much more.

ITIF's mission is ongoing, but in the last few years alone:

* Policymakers in the United States and Europe have pointed to ITIF's research on the economic harms of government surveillance policies to build support for essential reforms;

* Governments from Singapore to Sweden have developed national innovation strategies based in significant part on a framework that ITIF developed and promoted in its book Innovation Economics;

* The U.S. Congress has advanced legislation incorporating ITIF recommendations on a wide range of issues, including research and development, manufacturing support policy, technology transfer, and taxes;

* The White House has relied on ITIF's work in a variety of areas, including R&D tax reform, manufacturing technology, and broadband policy; and

* U.S. states, including Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island, have developed innovation policies based on ITIF proposals.

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Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/06/2024
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Board co-chair

Philip English


Board co-chair

Ron Kind

Organizational demographics

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White/Caucasian/European
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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/24/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.