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    Forced localization: a looming threat to innovation, the internet & economic growth few know about
    In 2008, as the escalating financial crisis called into question continued global economic growth and innovation, the leaders of the world’s leading economies pledged in the G-20 forum to combat the forces of protectionism by maintaining an open trade and investment environment. Unfortunately, many of these same governments have since found creative ways to protect domestic companies at the expense [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Forced Localization
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    A New Ambassador Ready to Take on Tech Challenge
    Tonight, the U.S. information and communications technology (ICT) industry gained a thoughtful voice within the U.S. government for tech policies that embrace and advance innovation. With Senate confirmation of Daniel Sepulveda, many of the pressing international issues facing the ICT sector are now in the capable hands of the State Department’s new Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Broadband, Communications, & Spectrum, Cybersecurity, Trade & Investment
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    ITI News Roundup: Immigration, Innovation
    Good morning.  Today's ITI Daily News Roundup is live.  Today's top stories include an op-ed from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick, the director of the Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation.  Their message to the GOP:  It's time to pass immigration reform. "No Republican would vote for legislation that stifled economic growth, promoted illegal immigration, [...]
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    Apple CEO: Fixing the Broken Tax Code = Jobs, Investment
    Apple's Tim Cook is testifying in front of a Senate subcommittee on what Apple sees as a vastly simpler corporate tax structure to replace the outdated, overly complex structure that the U.S. has today.  Listen to what he had to say in his opening statement. We'll have updates later this afternoon.
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy
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    ICYMI: Dean Garfield Talks Tax Reform on the Kudlow Report
    Tomorrow, Apple CEO Tim Cook will put forward the tenets of a reform plan that could fix the broken, antiquated U.S. tax code.  His testimony before a Senate panel will focus on shaping a competitive, market-based tax code that has a lower rate and enhances American innovation.  We need to responsibly modernize our tax structure, to help American companies create jobs and new opportunities here at [...]
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    Donilon Talks Asia-U.S. Challenges in Cyber, Trade
    This morning, many media accounts look at remarks from Tom Donilon, the President's National Security Advisor, on the challenges facing the U.S. relationships with many Asian nations.  Among the topics he covered:  the priority of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks and the ongoing dialogue with China on cybersecurity.  For the full context, you can read Donilon's remarks to the Asia Society in New [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity, Trade & Investment
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    Lew Confirmation Hearing Zeroes in on Tax Reform
    The President’s nominee to be the next U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew, testified at the Senate Finance Committee today and faced questions from Democratic and Republican Senators on the importance of corporate tax reform to job creation.  (You can watch the archived hearing on the committee’s site.) Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., set the tone with his opening statement, underscoring that the [...]
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    Honoring Innovation and Discovery at the White House
    With the greatest “collection of brainpower we’ve had under this roof in a long time,” President Obama at the White House today bestowed the nation’s highest honors for invention and discovery – the National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation – on an incredibly talented group of men and women.  The President noted that the accomplishments of these women and men are [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Skills/STEM
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    Kerry on Cybersecurity
    At his confirmation hearing today to become the next U.S. Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., was asked about cybersecurity.  Here’s what he had to say in his question-and-answer round with Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.   Senator Durbin:  I think you may have attended the briefing, the classified briefing for members of the Senate, Democrats [...]
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    The President’s Inauguration: Giving New Priority to Familiar Challenges
    In his Inaugural Address today, President Obama combined poetry and prose as he spoke about the priorities that he will bring to his second term in office.  For many of these issues, the technology sector has put forward ideas with backing from both Democratic and Republican Members of Congress.  The challenge consistently has been building broader support to move policies from good proposals to new [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Environment & Sustainability, Tax Policy, Skills/STEM, Energy
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