• Talking Innovation and Broadband with Sen. Moran

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    There’s a major push on around the country to expand high-speed broadband in urban and rural areas alike.  One project that has attracted an enormous amount of attention is Google’s effort to create an ultra-fast network in Kansas City, Mo.  With that project moving forward, ITI’s Robert Hoffman sat down with U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of the Sunflower State to talk about the impact that broadband expansion [...]
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  • Innovation at the Heart of Economic Solutions

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    As the Republican National Convention gets underway in Tampa, we’re going to hear a great deal from the podium about the economy.  That’s no surprise, as, for many voters this fall, the choice between President Obama and Governor Romney is a simple equation centered on job creation and economic growth.  While no one would disagree with the need to spur growth, how we get there has stirred a spirited [...]
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  • Remembering Neil Armstrong

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    Neil Armstrong has died.  He was 82. As the crew for Apollo 11, Armstrong, "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins grabbed the attention of the world on a mission at the cross-section of innovation and adventure.  Landing on the moon on that July day in 1969, they capped one of the most daring -- if not the most daring -- scientific expeditions of the last century.   From blastoff, to the landing of the [...]
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  • Presidential Innovation Fellows: “An Incredible Opportunity to Do Incredible Things”

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    “An incredible opportunity to do incredible things.” That’s how U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel described the launch of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program today at the White House.  Steven and U.S. CTO Todd Park introduced the first-ever Presidential Innovation Fellows class today – a group of 18 people selected from more than 700 applicants.  Their mission:  develop game-changing approaches to [...]
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  • SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Is an Important Milestone, but International Action is Critical

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    Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) put in place new requirements for publicly traded companies to disclose whether they source listed minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries.  Known in short-hand as the conflict-minerals rule, the requirements cover companies across the economic spectrum.   First, let me be clear:  Any mining activities [...]
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  • The Tech Sector: Strength During Economic Morass

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    With lackluster job reports the norm these days, there is at least one bright spot in a class of occupations that has shown remarkably robust growth during the past decade:  IT jobs.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2001 and 2011, more than 742,000 new IT jobs were created, an increase of 29.1 percent.  Indeed, employment in IT occupations in all industries grew more than 125 times [...]
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  • Guideposts for Energy Policy in 2013

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    This blog was originally posted on the DESSC website. With the Paul Ryan announcement this weekend, the partisan messaging on energy policy ratcheted up further.   To recall what 2013 should be about on energy policy, I spent lunch glancing again at two recent documents: Senator Murkowski’s June 5th speech at GWU, and an ITIF report also from June. The Senator notesthat our fundamental goals should [...]
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  • New Tax Analysis Totally Off

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    Critics of a competitive market-based or territorial tax system are latching onto a study out today by NerdWallet -- a personal finance website that features recommendations on things like credit card rates and gas prices -- as the latest “evidence” that corporate tax reform really isn’t necessary. The study claims that ten of America’s top economic champions -- including Apple, IBM, and Microsoft [...]
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  • AMD hosts Brazilian Delegation at its Silicon Valley headquarters

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    AMD, a semiconductor design company with growing operations in Brazil, recently hosted ICT Brazilian ministers and officials at its Silicon Valley headquarters to discuss emerging computing market trends. Attendees discussed the importance of open standards and regulatory policies to drive innovation, and today’s data center, cloud, embedded, client and ultra-low power technology solutions. Initiated [...]
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  • “This is for everyone” -- Innovation and Technology at the Summer Olympics

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    “This is for everyone.”  Those words flashed across the Olympic stadium and around the world during the opening ceremony this past weekend, as British scientist, MIT professor, and Internet inventor Tim Berners-Lee waved to the crowd.  That opening ceremony shined a bright spotlight on the digital era and the evolution of innovation and technology in our daily lives – but technology’s impact at the [...]
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