• White House Pushes Back on Disruptive China Policy

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    As we’ve talked about this week, ITI and a broad coalition of technology and business organizations on Thursday urged Congress and the White House to revisit a provision buried in the recently enacted government funding bill.  The provision would force several federal agencies buying IT systems manufactured in China to have those systems first be reviewed and approved by the FBI.  It was buried in [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity, Global Trade
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  • On Solving Alzheimer’s and Spurring the Economy

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    Back in 1990, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) embarked on an ambitious plan to map the human genome (HGP).  The project had a number of technical questions it hoped to solve, but the basic premise was to glean greater insight into human DNA.  While the federal government was the key driver in the project, it was very much a public-private partnership in that [...]
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  • Cybersecurity Policy Drift

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    Sound cybersecurity policy in the United States drifted off course late last month with passage and approval of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Continuing Resolution).  While we all, of course, support continued funding for our government, the tech industry was none too thrilled with a provision tucked in the resolution that bars several U.S. government [...]
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  • Moving forward with green product standards

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    Almost 10 years ago, members of the technology industry joined with colleagues from U.S. EPA, the business and government purchasing community, and environmental non-profits to develop a consistent way to measure sustainability attributes of computers and monitors.  The results of that work were twofold:  the IEEE 1680 standard, which established product criteria, and the related EPEAT program, which [...]
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  • Making Progress on the ITA Expansion Talks

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    Dateline Geneva:  We have just concluded a very productive set of meetings with roughly 20 WTO delegations here this week to press for expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA).  Our U.S. industry group, comprised of seven business associations and a number representatives from tech companies, delivered two key messages. First, we stated unequivocally that these talks need to be completed [...]
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  • SKILLS is a Start

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    The American story is littered with tales of displaced workers.  These workers, often through no fault of their own, were left by the wayside as the economy’s defining characteristics evolved.  An innovation-driven, dynamic economy could change a worker’s skillset from incomparable to incompatible overnight.  That is the harsh lesson of our history as the country moved from an agrarian to an industrialized [...]
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  • Greening Via the Data Center

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    Two weeks ago, instead of experiencing the D.C. snow storm that never came, I was in California attending the Green Grid Forum 2013.  For those of you who don't know about it, The Green Grid (TGG) is an open industry consortium of end users, policy makers, technology providers, facility architects, and utility companies that works to improve the resource efficiency of data centers. With more than 175 [...]
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  • The Subtle Fruits of Partnership

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    Last summer the U.S. EPA and ITI jointly convened a road-mapping workshop on the ENERGY STAR program.   Both groups recognize the unique nature of information and communication technologies (ICT) -- their complexity, their rapid evolution, their global nature, and their interplay with so many other products in the emerging “network of things.”  And, consequently, we both saw value in co-hosting an [...]
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  • ITA Talks Rolling Forward

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    Dateline Geneva:  It is somehow fitting that as the 83rd Geneva Motor Show wraps up here today, an event that celebrates the latest and greatest in innovations in automobile form and technology, trade negotiators from around the world are descending on this town for yet another round of talks to expand the WTO's Information Technology Agreement (ITA).   Since last May, ITA members have been gathering [...]
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  • Bringing Japan into the TPP Tent

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    With Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, the chance for success and lasting economic opportunity has jumped manifold.  The TPP is about job creation, open markets, and fair competition.  We welcome Japan to the table, and think that this is an extremely important move not only for that nation, but also for all of the countries involved in the [...]
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