• Brazil Meets the Valley -- eBay Hosts the Brazilian Delegation

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    As we recap last week's Silicon Valley visit by the delegation of Brazilian government officials, eBay sent over this look at the session it hosted.  The piece was originally published at eBay's Main Street Public Policy site. With abundant natural resources, robust financial system and massive domestic market of free spending consumers, Brazil shapes as one of world's hottest investments destinations [...]
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  • The Hill op-ed: India's Problematic Protectionist Plan

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    Starting Wednesday, the U.S. will host the third U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, with economic issues front and center in the discussions.  We expect that one of the trade issues that will come up is the Indian government’s preferential market access (PMA) mandate for electronic goods.  It's a policy that could severely hurt trade between the two countries, especially in the technology arena. As the [...]
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  • Bloomberg: Help U.S. Economy with Visas for the Best and Brightest

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    Bloomberg today came out in favor of bipartisan Senate legislation that has ITI's backing -- the recently introduced Startup 2.0 Act.  In its editorial, Bloomberg highlights the competitive disadvantage that the United States faces because of an arbitrary, outmoded immigration system. During the next five years, 100,000 immigrants – many with advanced degrees – will leave America and take their innovative [...]
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  • Looking for Ways to Engage China on Trade Issues

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    On Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Security and International Trade and Finance zeroed in on one of the major issues impacting the success and direction of the global economy:  the complex economic relationship between the United States and China.  While some think it will be impossible for China to overtake the U.S. in innovation, a growing number of experts see things differently.  [...]
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  • Senate Panel to Focus Today on the U.S.-China Trade, Economic Relationship

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    Later this afternoon, at 2 p.m. ET, ITI’s Dean Garfield will testify at a Senate Banking subcommittee hearing focused on the economic and trade relationship between the U.S. and China.  You can listen through C-SPAN.  Here is his full testimony, and some highlights are below.   The ability to freely access foreign markets such as China and compete on equal terms has been critical to the health of the [...]
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  • Another Senator for Tax Reform

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    Add Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson to the growing list of lawmakers who recognize that America’s corporate tax system isn’t helping to create American jobs.   In a speech Wednesday night, Senator Nelson laid out his thinking:   “Our corporate tax is too high and too complex, and it stifles competition.  In fact, the United States has the highest statutory corporate income tax rate in the developed [...]
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  • Ambassador Ron Kirk Talks with ITI about the Information Technology Agreement

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    Today is the 15th anniversary of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA).  As trade experts gathered in Geneva to mark that milestone and look ahead to the future of the pact, ITI had the opportunity to ask U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk for his views of the ITA and what may lie ahead.        Mr. Ambassador, first thank you for taking time to share your views on the Information Technology Agreement [...]
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  • The White House Has It Wrong on Cybersecurity

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    Last night, the White House issued its Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) on H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, commonly called CISPA.  Unfortunately, the SAP does not reflect the changes that the bill’s authors – Republican Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan and Democratic Representative Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland – had agreed to include after long and productive [...]
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  • Fact Check: Playing to Fears on Cybersecurity

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    There is a last-minute effort to derail the bipartisan Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) by playing on people’s fears and stretching facts to the point of breaking.  The latest example comes from a blast email from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urging people to call House members in opposition to the bipartisan cybersecurity bill.  This is from EFF’s suggested script [...]
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  • America’s Space Shuttles: Models of Innovation

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    photo by: NASA / Rebecca Roth Today, people along America’s east coast stood on rooftops, looked out windows, and followed online as the Space Shuttle Discovery flew from the Kennedy Space Center to its final home at the Smithsonian Institution’s Udvar-Hazy Center.  Here at ITI, we trekked to the roof for a moment’s glimpse of the shuttle as it passed over the National Mall.  The space shuttles – and [...]
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