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    Cybersecurity = Personal Security

    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.   [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity
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    Manufacturing Jobs Trending Up

    As jobs numbers have gone up, so has the realization that the high-tech industry is playing a major role in our economic recovery. The federal government reported today that March private-sector employment grew by 121,000 jobs - that's 25 straight months of private-sector growth with a total of 4.1 million jobs created.  We also saw a drop in the overall unemployment rate, down to 8.2 percent.  This [...]
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    Cybersecurity and Our Economic Future

    In recent months, cybersecurity has become a much higher priority for the nation's lawmakers.  The Obama Administration and members of both parties in Congress have released proposals aimed at improving cybersecurity in the U.S., and the issue is bound to rear its head as we move towards the presidential election.  Both President Obama and leading GOP nominee Mitt Romney understand the enormity of [...]
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    Reforming our Tax Code and Revitalizing the Economy

    In this age of economic uncertainty, policymakers and pundits alike are searching for a silver bullet to cure our country's economic ills. Yet for all the op-eds and policy papers, a quick conversation with a CEO or CFO of any American company would tell you that there is one thing that business leaders think should be part of any economic strategy:  tax reform. As we proceed further into election [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy
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    Comparing Competing Tax Plans

    In an election year when the economy and job creation are center stage, it is inevitable that tax reform becomes an important issue of debate for all the candidates.  Most recently, President Obama released a tax reform framework.  Republican candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have put forward their own economic plans that include tax reforms.  Key members of Congress also have sought to push [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy
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    Congress, Candidates: Tax Extenders Lead to American Jobs

    A big part of a pro-growth tech agenda includes corporate tax reform.  It's a priority that we are pressing the presidential candidates to adopt.  The current tax code is outdated.  It stifles innovation and job creation.  There have been a number of corporate tax reform plans put forward, and it will take some time to work through the ideas.  But there are a few simple actions that Congress and the [...]
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    It's Time to Upgrade: An ITA for the 21st Century

    Economic growth is the single biggest issue in this presidential campaign.  It’s also the single biggest issue around the world.  Today, ITI urged President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron, who continues his visit to the U.S., to use their leadership roles to kick-start negotiations on an expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA).  ITI president and CEO Dean Garfield makes the case: Pretend [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment
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    Boosting Exports, Jobs, and Economic Growth by Expanding the ITA

    It is time to seize a fertile opportunity to simultaneously expand global trade and boost the U.S. economy with export opportunities and job creation - by expanding the product coverage of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). As the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation shows in a new report, an expanded ITA could remove tariffs on at least an additional $800 billion in global two-way [...]
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    Technology Sector Boosting America's Job Recovery

    Todays jobs data release has an upside, with a continued growth trend in the technology sector. It's good news for America, as the tech firms continue to pace the nation's economic recovery. In the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data published today, we see continued strength in the five key tech sectors that we track, with computer systems design and management and technical consulting alone accounting [...]
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    Speaking for the Trees

    As you head into the Lorax movie, you may not realize you are in for far more than an hour and a half of popcorn, children’s laughter and the gravelly voice of Danny DeVito as one of Dr. Seuss’ most lovable characters. But as you walk out, you’ll feel invigorated by the bright colors and catchy tunes, and the theme will refresh your desire to do your part in saving the planet. If you’re not familiar, [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Intelligent Efficiency
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