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    More Spectrum Benefits All

    Mobile broadband has dramatically changed how Americans access information.  It is spurring innovation, expanding educational opportunities, increasing productivity, and -with the explosive popularity of smartphones -becoming the primary pathway to the Internet for many Americans.  However, a supply shortage is accompanying the increase in demand.  Spectrum, the vehicle over which data from wireless [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Broadband, Communications, & Spectrum
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    Announcing #InTechWeTrust

    TechElect is all about jump-starting the tech conversation among candidates and citizens. To be quite frank, engagement from you, the TechElectorate, is key to getting a wider public audience to discuss tech issues. Right after TechElect was conceived, we began to look for new and innovative ideas to ensure that our social media followers and blog readers could chime in with their own opinions and [...]
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    Sustainable Conferencing

    I just spent two and a half days in a conference, and it wasn’t unbearable.  In fact, it was sustaining!  How the heck did that happen? Good subject, good speakers, good weather, good facility - all these are nice, but not that unusual nor sufficient to make such a long conference fulfilling. I think there were three key unique aspects to Rio+2.0: Speed Geeking.  The conference opened up with 27 organizations [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Intelligent Efficiency
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    January Jobs Report and the Tech Sector's Role

    For the second straight month, there is reason for optimism in the jobs report.  The economy continued to show signs of recovery as 243,000 jobs were added in January, marking two consecutive months of better than expected growth.  Many early reports had also speculated that the unemployment rate would hold steady at 8.5 percent, but that number dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest number since February [...]
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    How Tech Will Change the World

    We were so impressed with today's Wall Street Journal article that it warranted its own response.  The piece, by Mark P. Mills and Julio M. Ottino, articulates three developments that have the ability to initiate a seismic shift on the high-tech landscape moving forward.   Big data and cloud computing are so cutting edge, they make the innovative technologies of ten years ago seem positively archaic. [...]
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    The State of the Union: More United Than Reported

    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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    On STEM, Immigration and the State of the Union

    We might end up calling last night's State of the Union address the "tech talk".  The President's speech touched on a litany of technology issues, making it sound as if he was pitching TechElect for us.  Instead of rehashing the President's speech point by point, we would like to focus on two issues he raised -STEM and immigration reform.  Both issues often receive broad, bipartisan support and are [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Immigration, Skills/STEM
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    SOPA Explodes, Support Wanes

    On the off-chance that yesterday your TV was broken, your internet was out, your phone couldn’t find a signal, and not a single Facebook friend popped by for a visit, you may not know about Blackout Day and the raging debate surrounding Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). But it is far more likely to assume you saw your Facebook feed light up with encouragements to “End Piracy – Not Liberty.”  You probably [...]
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    Ahead of the Curve - Tech Employment Defies Overall Trends

    Friday’s news that the unemployment rate had dropped to 8.5 percent, the lowest in three years, was a welcome sign of economic recovery. Members of the Obama Administration pounced on the news, keen to highlight this positive data as the President readies himself for a tough re-election battle where the economy will be the major issue.  One of the untold tales of Friday’s figures relates to the impressive [...]
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    Welcome to TechElect!

    Welcome to TechElect!  TechElect is being launched with a simple goal in mind: to seed a national conversation with the Presidential candidates on what it will take for the United States to continue to be the global leader in innovation into the next century. Technology is positively transforming the way we learn, work, play, and participate in our democracy.  Yet, the policies critical to continue [...]
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