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    On the Skills Mismatch and Employment

    April’s jobs report was released today and showed that, while the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent, overall economic growth was sluggish as employers across the country showed their reluctance to add to their payrolls.  Speeding up the recovery has long been a focus of policymakers, yet today’s report demonstrates that closer attention must be paid to the gaps in the skill sets of today’s workforce.  [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Skills/STEM
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    Congress, Want Jobs? Pass More Tax Extensions

    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 [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy
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    Resurgent Republic & Unemployment Woes

    This morning, Resurgent Republic released findings from a series of focus groups in Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The groups were comprised of Blue Collar Catholic voters. While the report touched on an array of issues, the familiar theme was economic prosperity.  So clear was this theme, that the report's key findings read "Even considering their religious beliefs, these voters' personal [...]
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    The White House Has It Wrong on Cybersecurity

    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 [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity
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    Fact Check: Playing to Fears on Cybersecurity

    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 [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity
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    The Four House Cybersecurity Bills

    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 [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity
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    Cybersecurity and You

    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 [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity
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    Finding Common Ground on Privacy Protections in Cybersecurity

    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 [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity
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    Regular Americans Deserve Better Cybersecurity

    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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    America’s Space Shuttles: Models of Innovation

    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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