• 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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  • 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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  • Regular Americans Deserve Better Cybersecurity

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    New data that CDW released today bear out what ITI and the tech sector have been saying for a long time:  the American people deserve a cybersecurity defense that protects them much more effectively from cybercrime.   CDW asked IT security experts what they considered to be the most likely target of a cyber intrusion, and the answer was overwhelming.  Nearly 70 percent responded that personally identifiable [...]
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  • Cybersecurity = Personal Security

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    Cybersecurity is taking center stage on Capitol Hill.  There are several bills expected to move through committee in the House this week, and there will continue to be a lot of attention paid to the idea of an enhanced cybersecurity threat information sharing system.  ITI is firmly behind a strengthened information sharing defense that protects people’s security while it also safeguards privacy.   [...]
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  • U.S. tax code a punch card in Pentium-chip world

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    The following op-ed appeared today in the McClatchy Tribune.   The recent trend of positive job numbers - while good - do not alter the fact that the U.S. tax code is an albatross weighing down our nation’s economy. The code is a case example of outdated punch-card policies having a punitive impact in a Pentium-chip world. To achieve our economic potential and ensure that our children are more prosperous [...]
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  • The State of the Union: More United Than Reported

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    As President Obama and Gov. Daniels so clearly articulated on Tuesday night, there is much work ahead to get America back on a path of strong economic prosperity. Still-too-high unemployment, the European debt crisis and potential conflict with Iran all present dire challenges. However, in spite of the ignominious and divisive debates that are commonplace during election cycles, it's clear that the [...]
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  • Stop Scapegoating Tech

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    The Jobs Study: Facts, Analysis, Strategy. That report concluded that, technology "generally destroys lower wage, lower productivity jobs, while it creates jobs that are more productive, high-skill and better paid. Historically, the income-generating effects of new technologies have proved more powerful than the labor-displacing effects: technological progress has been accompanied not only by higher [...]
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  • The Supercommittee can increase revenues and add jobs through spectrum auctions

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    Few proposals lawmakers have been considering in recent weeks aimed at restoring our fiscal discipline have the immediate ability to generate revenue for the Treasury, stimulate direct domestic investment, spur innovation, and create jobs than spectrum auctions. At the moment, spectrum is in short supply.  Currently in use for “over the air” television delivery, which is consumed by fewer than 10 percent [...]
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  • Encouraging Venture Capitalism Key to Economic Growth

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    America's innovation ecosystem typically knows no kryptonite. With rare exception, even in times of economic peril, investment and innovation continue unabated, helping to power the nation forward. However, there are troubling signs of weakness that could signal real challenges to the nation's future fiscal stability. Consider the following: Lost in the public reporting on record venture investing [...]
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  • Fighting the wrong kind of trade wars

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    With markets in turmoil and consumer confidence at record lows, it is time for the U.S. to overtly become more selfish. In fact, looking out for number one is likely the best way to remain number one. To be clear, by selfish I do not mean senseless.  Focusing first on the nation’s self-interest should not be a proxy for surface level patriotism or protectionist policies. Selfish, in today’s economic [...]
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