• A Milestone Moment Leads to a Good Week for Global Trade

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    As global trade leaders completed their meetings at the WTO this week in Geneva, ITI’s Vice President for Global Policy John Neuffer was there to advocate for an expansion of the ITA and other issues critical to the tech sector.  Before leaving for home, John wrapped up the developments at the WTO.   Free trade took an important step forward here at the WTO in Geneva earlier this week when agreement [...]
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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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  • A Birthday Wish for the Information Technology Agreement

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    This week, we mark an important date as the global Information Technology Agreement (ITA) reaches its 15th birthday.  With 73 participating members, the ITA has proved to be one of the most commercially successful trade agreements ever.  The data bear this out.  By eliminating tariffs on core information and communications technologies, the ITA has strengthened and expanded global trade and U.S. competitiveness.  [...]
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  • True Villain Is Job-Killing Tax System

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    Avengers, assemble!  This weekend, The Avengers opened to huge crowds across America.  People flocked to see these heroes battle Loki and his army, intent on destroying the American way of life.    Oddly, a similar fight is taking place over American businesses, as foreign countries use every weapon in their arsenal to attract U.S. companies’ investment and the jobs that go with it.  But too few heroes [...]
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  • Congress, Want Jobs? Pass More Tax Extensions

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    Today, a House subcommittee is examining the value of tax extenders.  The tech sector is strongly supporting three key provisions that have major benefits for job creation and economic strength in the U.S.:  the research-and-development tax credit, the CFC look-through exception, and the active finance exception.  ITI submitted testimony for the hearing.  Here are some of the key points:   On the urgency [...]
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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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  • The Four House Cybersecurity Bills

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    ITI supports the four cybersecurity bills being voted on by the House of Representatives on Thursday, April 26th, because they help improve our personal security.  As we rely more on our computers, smart phones, and tablets for work, entertainment, banking, shopping and communicating, new breeds of cybercriminals, hacktivists, and rogue nations have become as adept at exploiting the vulnerabilities [...]
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  • Cybersecurity and You

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    We rely on our computers, smart phones, and tablets for everything from entertainment to balancing our checkbook. From our fleeting interests to our bank accounts, our lives are on our hard drives and in the cloud.  But new breeds of cybercriminals, hacktivists, and rogue nations have become as adept at exploiting the vulnerabilities of our digital world as our customers have become at taking advantage [...]
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  • Finding Common Ground on Privacy Protections in Cybersecurity

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    There has been a lot of focus in the cybersecurity debate about the cyber threat information sharing approach in the bipartisan Rogers-Ruppersberger bill and concerns about the privacy protections in the legislation.  That’s why ITI and a number of our member companies have been talking at length with the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) to try to find common ground that addresses privacy [...]
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