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Published on April 11th, 2016 | by Joshua New


Attacking U.S. Tech Firms Won’t Help Europe Excel in the Internet of Things

When it comes to the digital economy, there is no question that the United States took the lead compared to Europe, causing some European policymakers to look at the competitive edge many leading U.S. tech companies have with fear and envy. But in their eagerness to see Europe catch up, there is a real risk that Europe will focus on protectionist policies that unfairly tilt the playing field to their advantage rather than identify opportunities where European industries can build on their strengths. As the digital economy enters a new phase–one in which data-driven products and services built on the Internet of Things enable a company’s success–Europe is well-positioned to establish itself as a world leader, if it can avoid succumbing to these protectionist urges.

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About the Author

Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.

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