Announcing TechTank: Highlighting Tech Research and Improving Technology Policy

Darrell M. West

We are pleased today to launch a new Brookings blog called TechTank that is devoted to improving technology policy. We plan to focus on new developments in science and technology policy and how they affect health care, education, economic development, innovation, and governance. TechTank will and enable further conversation about the research from the Center for Technology Innovation.  Our goals are to highlight new data and ideas, and provide commentary on science and technology trends in the United States and around the world.

Technology has the power to promote transformative change in society. Government policies can stifle or strengthen the benefits of those technological advances. TechTank will explore the various ways that our leaders can leverage the maximum benefit from technology to improve lives across the globe.

Some of our postings will link to policy reports and events that we have at Brookings. Others will draw on government reports, interesting data, and university studies about science and technology. We will blend the latest analysis from respected experts with commentary on longer-term trends in the technology field.

I will serve as Editor-in-Chief of the blog and Joshua Bleiberg will act as Managing Editor. Scholars affiliated with the Brookings Center for Technology Innovation will contribute postings as will invited academic experts from universities around the country. The first week will feature posts on wireless technology, health care IT, trade, and education standards.  Let us know what you think at We look forward to hearing your comments and reactions.