As the US seeks to crank up our innovation engine, drive a more trusted digital ecosystem, and harness emerging technologies to solve major societal challenges from tackling climate change to improving health outcomes, what can we learn from past “industrial policy” efforts to enable more inclusive solutions as governments attempt a more active role in shaping our technology future?
Innovation is the key to economic growth, improved standards of living, opportunities for all Americans and even America’s strength on the world stage. At time when Washington is almost defined by hyper-partisanship, one of the few areas where there is real, meaningful bipartisan agreement is on the pending Bipartisan Innovation Act.
Our survey research shows the various dimensions of today’s trust gap, explores the way it is impeding important digital progress, highlights the key factors which must be overcome, and explores the vast opportunities that can be achieved when we do. These survey results, when combined with other insights and research, highlight the need for pragmatic policy choices and provide a potential pathway for advancing trusted frameworks that can facilitate comprehensive action toward a more trusted digital future.
We stand on the precipice of a new era of technological progress and innovation with the potential to enable us to do things never before possible, vastly improve the quality of life for billions around the globe, and help solve some of our world’s most intractable problems. But it is becoming increasingly clear that we risk missing or delaying these transformational opportunities if people lack the foundational trust in the technologies needed to deliver them.