What is the Data Catalyst Institute?
The Data Catalyst Institute (DCI), part of Catalyst Research, is a research organization focused on informing and improving global public policy and thoughtful discourse within our data-driven economy. DCI provides governments, academics, and industry partners with the latest market intelligence, expert working groups, regulatory analyses, and original research.
Super Selling: How Contemporary Small Businesses Reach Customers and Sell Products
This research report takes an in-depth look at how modern small businesses reach their customers and sell their products through a variety of online and offline sales methods. Read More
November 18, 2021
Digital Tools Continue To Unlock Opportunities For U.S. Small Businesses
February 2, 2022
Should Antitrust Law Be Applied to Labor Markets?
DCI Competition Fellow Liad Wagman analyzes the application of antitrust rules to labor markets, in light of a new Democrat majority running the FTC.
U.S. Hispanic-Owned Small Businesses Are At the Forefront of Economic Recovery From the COVID-19 Pandemic￼
DCI Retail Fellow Hitha Herzog discusses hosting a panel discussion about small businesses using digital tools, featuring Hispanic SMB owners from across the country.
Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated: New Research Shows That Small Businesses Still Thrive With Brick-and-Mortar Sales
While more and more small businesses adopt digital apps, stores, and platforms as selling methods, “old fashioned” brick-and-mortar sales are still alive and well.
Tech Industry Acquisitions and Competition: Counterpoints to an Incomplete FTC Report and Legislation that Relies on It
New research results call for a reevaluation of policymakers’ assumptions about “big tech” M&A, and suggest that tech acquisitions are actually a symptom of healthy competition.
Introduction To DCI’s “The New State of Data Privacy” Series
The Editor In Chief of DCI introduces a new editorial series, “The New State of Data Privacy,” focused on the rapidly-expanding landscape of private companies working on Privacy Tech.
The Disappearing Space Between Legitimate Competition and Antitrust: The Case of Facebook
Several U.S. state attorneys general have argued that Facebook is guilty of anticompetitive conduct while blurring the lines between legitimate and illegitimate competition.
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Congress Isn’t Aligned with Small Business Priorities
Congress is pursuing legislation in the middle of economic turmoil that small businesses do not want. Only 7% of SMB leaders consider “increasing regulations on large tech companies” a top business concern right now.
The New State of Data Privacy: Q&A With Jake Ward, CEO of Data Protocol
In this Q&A with Jake Ward, CEO of Data Protocol, we discuss how they create education programs and certifications to help software developers view data privacy as a feature of every product.
Tech Industry Acquisitions and Competition: Counterpoints to an Incomplete FTC Study and Legislation that Relies on It. Part 2. How ‘Big Tech’ Acquisitions of Tech Startups Reflect Enhanced Competition
These new research results call for a reevaluation of policymakers’ assumptions about “big tech” M&A. In particular, they suggest that tech acquisitions are a symptom of healthy competition. (Part 2/2)
Tech Industry Acquisitions and Competition: Counterpoints to an Incomplete FTC Study and Legislation that Relies on It. Part 1. Tech Merger and Acquisition (M&A) Activity Fuels Expansion and Innovation Across Many Industries
These new research results call for a reevaluation of policymakers’ assumptions about “big tech” M&A. In particular, they suggest that tech acquisitions are a symptom of healthy competition. (Part 1/2)
The New State of Data Privacy: Q&A With Michelle Finneran Dennedy – Partner, Privatus Strategic Consulting & CEO, PrivacyCode, Inc.
In this Q&A with Michelle Finneran Dennedy – Partner, Privatus Strategic Consulting & CEO, PrivacyCode, Inc., we discuss the exploding Privacy Tech landscape, and particularly the innovations of small private companies.
Super Selling: U.S. Small Businesses In Every Part of the Country Use Multiple Sales Methods
This research report analyzes how modern small businesses in different regions of the U.S. reach their customers and sell their products through a variety of online and offline sales methods.
Digital Tools Continue To Unlock Opportunities For U.S. Small Businesses
Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, this report shows that digital tools continue to be an integral part of U.S. small business operations, increasing their agility, resiliency, and ability to adapt to new challenges. Published by the Connected Commerce Council.
Competitor Welfare: Why the Open App Markets Act (S. 2710) Benefits the App Store One Percenters – and Perhaps No One Else
We analyzed the Open App Markets Act (S. 2710) from the point of view of small app publishers (small businesses typically with less than 20 employees) whose products make up the broad majority of available smartphone apps across both major app stores.
Unintended Consequences: How the “American Innovation and Choice Online Act” (S. 2992) Will Unwittingly Hurt America’s Independent Software Developers and Small App Publishers
This working group of software developers, small app publishers, and other small businesses working in the app ecosystem discussed S. 2992 and its potential consequences.
Importance of Targeted Digital Ads To EU Small Businesses Now and During 2022
This survey ascertained the degree to which EU-based small businesses use targeted digital advertising and the importance of that to their businesses. Published by the Connected Commerce Council.
Data Catalyst Institute Analysis of S. 2992, the “American Innovation and Choice Online Act”
DCI’s analysis of S. 2992, the “American Innovation and Choice Online Act” suggests that there will be unintended consequences for software developers and small app publishers.
Super Selling: How Contemporary Small Businesses Reach Customers and Sell Products
This research report takes an in-depth look at how modern small businesses reach their customers and sell their products through a variety of online and offline sales methods.
Super Selling: Most Small Businesses Use Multiple Sales Methods
The evolution of traditional retail alongside the growth of digital selling has created an infinite variety of options and aggressive competition for sellers’ attention, investment and allegiance.
Sharpening the Edge: The State Of the Digital Innovation Economy
This report explains how American innovation has traditionally thrived because of sound policy decisions at the federal level. It then discusses several influences on the future growth of digital innovation in the United States.
Roaring Twenties or Digital Depression? III. Q&A With Prof. Scott Stern of MIT Sloan School of Management
In this Q&A with Prof. Scott Stern of MIT Sloan, we discuss the relationship of Main Street small businesses to major technology companies on the backdrop of both antitrust and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
Nightmare on Main Street: The Effects of ‘Populist Antitrust’ on America’s Small Businesses
This Analysis Memo examines important questions Congress and regulators have yet to address the about broad and unintended consequences of Populist Antitrust on U.S. small businesses.
Analysis of the House Judiciary Committee Tech Antitrust Legislation and Report Card on ‘Populist Antitrust’
The House Judiciary Committee recently approved bills intended to “enhance antitrust enforcement and restore competition online.” This Issue Brief outlines DCI’s concerns with each bill and then presents a Report Card for the broader “Populist Antitrust” movement.
Roaring Twenties or Digital Depression? II. Q&A With Prof. David Audretsch of Indiana University
In this Q&A with Prof. David Audretsch, we discuss the relationship between large tech companies and small businesses, the difference between a company being “big” versus behaving “anticompetitively,” and the state of business competition in the U.S. today.
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Data Dives: Data Sharing Between Delivery Platforms and Restaurants
The New York City Council is considering legislation that would require third-party platforms to share consumer data with restaurants. DCI assembled an expert Working Group to discuss issues related to restaurant data sharing, consumer privacy, and innovation.
Analysis of the New York City Council Proposed Bill (Int. 2311) – “Data on orders placed through third-party food delivery services”
This Issue Brief outlines DCI’s analysis of New York City Council Proposed Bill (Int. 2311) – “Data on orders placed through third-party food delivery services” – and, ultimately, our argument for reconsidering specific aspects of it that would endanger consumer data privacy.
Roaring Twenties or Digital Depression? Unintended Consequences of Antitrust Activism on the U.S. Small Business Economy
This Analysis Memo considers the downstream consequences of increased antitrust regulation of very large tech companies in the U.S. and Europe on the digitally-driven small business economy emerging from the pandemic.
Misfire: How the Digital Markets Act Will Unwittingly Hurt European Small Businesses
The Digital Markets Act (DMA) is an EU legislative proposal intended to promote opportunities for new digital companies and services. DCI assembled an expert Working Group to investigate the DMA’s intended and potentially unintended consequences, and how these could affect digitally-empowered small businesses emerging from the pandemic.
Enhancing Payroll Protection: Sustainable Financial Wellbeing
This Analysis Memo proposes that small business payrolls are a critical national economic asset and that the U.S. Small Business Administration should experiment with programs for “payroll innovation.”
Digitally Driven/2021: U.S. Small Businesses Find a Digital Safety Net for Adaptation, Resilience, and Innovation During COVID-19
As the U.S. looks towards a “post-COVID world,” this report identifies a growing gap between small businesses adopting digital tools and those that remain uncertain and less digitally advanced. Published by the Connected Commerce Council.
Achieving the PPP Mission: A Final Prescription and Beyond to Support All of America’s Small Businesses
PPP has failed the smallest small businesses, particularly minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses. This report from DCI’s PPP Working Group argues that Congress should refine the program with this in mind.
Coming to America: Reopening the United States to International Students
This paper reviews current U.S. government restrictions on international students, the resulting educational, economic, and societal effects, and what actions can be taken to reverse the situation.
Digitally Driven/Europe: European Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) – Transformation, Innovation, and Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This report describes how and to what extent digital tools enabled many European small businesses to survive and recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. Published by the Connected Commerce Council.
Message in a Model: Stricter Data Regulation Hurts Small Publishers and Advertisers
This Technical Report models the effects of stricter data regulation rules on publishers and advertisers of various sizes interacting in a network.
Shocking the System: The Economic Impact of Software Developer Kits
This technical report analyzes the economic value of software developer kit (SDK) releases and demonstrates their effects on the creation of new apps, phone sales, early-stage venture investment, and tech industry hiring.
Economic benefits of online marketplaces for U.S.-based small and medium-sized businesses
This report uses a systemic review of available data and literature to estimate the economic value that online marketplaces provide to U.S. small businesses. Published by the Connected Commerce Council.
Digitally Driven: U.S. Small Businesses Find a Digital Safety Net During COVID-19
This survey of 7,000+ small businesses shows that digital tools have been critical for their success during COVID-19, providing them with a “Digital Safety Net.” Published by the Connected Commerce Council.
DCI Quick Guide: Key Concepts To Know About Data Flow
In this DCI Quick Guide, we define a set of emerging terms used to describe economic and policy-related aspects of the data-driven world.
Gettin’ Paid: Pros and Cons of Data Dividends
The value of data is contextual and determined by how it is being used; at different stages in its production cycle, it has varying degrees of economic utility. Furthermore it is often unclear who “owns” data, and what rights and responsibilities that comes with, as data is often co-created by multiple parties as part of…
Digitally Empowered: How digital tools power small businesses amid COVID-19
This report demonstrates how small businesses deployed digital tools during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Published by the Connected Commerce Council with Google.
Say It Ain’t So: GDPR Data Regulation Hurts EU Economic Growth
Does government regulation of data measurably affect the economy? This technical report examines the consequences of GDPR for investment in new EU tech startups, concluding its effects are broadly negative.
Data Borders: Unintended Consequences of Localization Policies
Data localization, storing data within the borders of a country where it was generated, may enable those countries to benefit from their “data assets.”
Backseat Driver: Privacy Implications of Connected Vehicles
Today’s U.S. mass-market cars are increasingly “smart,” with on-board wireless data connectivity that provides a range of services.
Mission Critical: Are Tech Platforms Critical Infrastructure?
This paper argues that large technology platforms may qualify as critical infrastructure. Assuming this is the case, the author reviews reasonable industry “good practices” for such companies working with the government to formalize this status.
Digital Tightrope: Balancing Innovation and Consumer Protection in the Data-Driven Economy
As the recognition of the value of data in the global economy has steadily risen, so has public interest in how data is owned, transferred, and utilized. This paper explores the delicate regulatory balance between protecting consumer welfare and supporting digital innovation.
Pipe Dream: Challenges With Data Portability in India
Proposed legislation in India would grant people a “right to data portability” (RDP), allowing them to retrieve their personal data from data controllers and transfer it to others. This paper analyzes the legally nuanced pros and cons of RDP to determine if it has a net benefit.
It’s A Matter of Trust: Exploring Data Fiduciaries in India
An active debate about regulations governing data privacy and data protection that the rest of the world should pay attention to is taking place in India. This paper explores part of that debate — the concept of treating data platforms as ‘fiduciaries’ within the context of Indian law.
Let It Flow: Effects of Data Localization Regulations on Small Businesses
How might “data localization” regulations — restrictions on data flow across international borders — affect small business success? This research paper analyzes the challenges and opportunities facing small businesses in India due to such regulation.
Data Minors: Challenges With Digital Age Verification
To minimize online risks to children, age-verification systems should be deployed on digital platforms. Our new paper shows all such systems have both pros and cons, and operate differently on different types of platforms and in different countries.
An Overview of Data Governance in the Biomedical Economy
How do we develop new tools for governing the massive transformation and expansion of the digital economy? Our white paper explores how the concept of fiduciaries in the medical community might be applied to digital businesses and platforms.
Storm on the Horizon: How the U.S. CLOUD Act May Interact with Foreign Access to Evidence and Data Localization Laws
The U.S. Clarifying Legal Overseas Use of Data Act also known as the CLOUD Act, was enacted in March 2018…
Los Datos como Factores de Eficiencia Económica
El Reglamento General de Protección de Datos (RGPD) entró en vigencia el 25 de mayo de 2018. La regulación busca proteger los datos “desde el diseño y por defecto”, por lo que las empresas deben manejar los datos de acuerdo con un conjunto de principios.