Op-Eds and Short Publications

Open Forum: The U.S. is missing its chance to be a global leader on artificial intelligence

By Susan Ariel Aaronson

Thursday 3 October 2019

On September 9, the White House hosted a Summit on Artificial Intelligence to discuss how the U.S. government might use AI to improve government services. The U.S. is not alone. Many governments, including China, India, Canada and Germany see AI as key to their future growth and development

Open Forum: How Congress can rein in Trump’s trade tantrums

By Susan Ariel Aaronson

Monday 12 August 2019

The Trump administration’s labeling of China as a currency manipulator and its escalation of tariffs on Chinese products are reminders that the United States has transformed from the world’s leading advocate of rules-based trade agreements into a protectionist bully. Yet President Trump’s tariffs do nothing to improve the competitiveness of the firms he’s protecting. Moreover, they undermine trust in the United States as a reliable partner and could plunge many nations into recession

Open Forum: A leader in profiting from data, America lags in protecting our information

By Susan Ariel Aaronson and David Morar

Thursday 11 July 2019

The United States has a commanding lead in the data-driven economy, in which firms collect, analyze and monetize data to solve complex problems and create new goods and services. Many of the largest data-driven firms were created and are headquartered here, and U.S. companies are also at the forefront of new data-based services such as autonomous vehicles, personalized health care and personal assistants such as Siri and Alexa.

But America’s prowess in the data industry is not matched by leadership in data governance

Is the US building a wall or a bridge to a data-driven economy? It’s time America rejoined the conversation on digital governance and rights

By Susan Ariel Aaronson

Thursday 30 May 2019

For almost 25 years, American tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and IBM have dominated the internet, changing how people work, study, shop and engage with others. These companies benefited from a wide range of economic factors — early mover advantage, a skilled workforce and relatively easy access to venture capital…

A Better Way to Regulate Social Media

By Danielle Tomson and David Morar

Sunday 19 August 2018

You don’t have to be a fan of conspiracy theories to worry about the precedent Apple ,YouTube and Facebook set by banning Alex Jones and Infowars.com. Mr. Jones complained that it was like “something out of ‘1984,’ ” as he does not know how to rebut Facebook’s decision. The company does not divulge how it makes these decisions, for fear that users would deliberately push boundaries…