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    Tax Extenders = American Jobs

    The Senate Finance Committee today gave strong bipartisan support to legislation that would strengthen the U.S. economy and help American businesses to create jobs at a time when we really need it.  The so-called “tax extenders package” would renew important provisions that support U.S. job creation – provisions that Congress allowed to lapse last December. Led by Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member [...]
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    “This is for everyone” -- Innovation and Technology at the Summer Olympics

    “This is for everyone.”  Those words flashed across the Olympic stadium and around the world during the opening ceremony this past weekend, as British scientist, MIT professor, and Internet inventor Tim Berners-Lee waved to the crowd.  That opening ceremony shined a bright spotlight on the digital era and the evolution of innovation and technology in our daily lives – but technology’s impact at the [...]
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    Veepstakes: A Look at Rob Portman

    We continue our look at the people reported to be on Governor Mitt Romney’s shortlist for a running mate, and where those women and men stand on job-creating issues that matter to the tech community.  Today, we focus on Rob Portman, the junior U.S. Senator from Ohio, and former United States Trade Representative (USTR) and Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under President George [...]
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    Kramer Speaks on Internet Freedom

    Yesterday, ITI hosted Ambassador Terry Kramer for a roundtable and policy discussion on the free internet. Kramer was appointed in June to lead the U.S. Delegation at the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). The purpose of this conference is to update the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU) treaty-level telecomm regulations. There are several [...]
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    Veepstakes: A Look at Tim Pawlenty

    As speculation swirls about who Governor Mitt Romney will select as his running mate, we are taking a closer look at the oft-reported shortlist, and highlight their stances on the issues that are important to the tech community.  We begin with former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.  And be sure to chime in with your thoughts on who would make the best running mate for Governor Romney. At the end of [...]
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    VIDEO: Cybersecurity Act of 2012

    Senators continue to debate and vote on amendments to S. 3414, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012.  ITI’s Robert Hoffman walks you through the key principles that the tech sector has for cybersecurity, and the areas where the legislation could be more effective.  Hoffman stresses that any legislation needs to create a security structure that will be fast, flexible, and forward thinking to keep up with the [...]
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    Big Week for an Open Internet

    Two events in Washington, D.C., this week will help to set the tone for critical discussions among governments and stakeholders about the future of Internet governance. First, some background.  This December in Dubai, intergovernmental delegations from across the globe will gather for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) to update the United Nations' International Telecommunication [...]
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    Memo to the Candidates: Focus on the Real Problem

    Our economy remains sluggish and the outlook for the next few years is uncertain, at best.  You don’t have to take our word for it.  We see that truth borne out with each month’s jobs report release.  We heard it from Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke in his testimony on Capitol Hill last week.  Unfortunately, instead of putting forward innovative plans to solve the problems at hand, the candidates, [...]
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    Remembering Dr. Sally K. Ride

    Science and innovation go hand-in-hand with human exploration and discovery.  We strive to fundamentally change what we know about all that we know.  We dare to dream, and have the audacious belief that our dreams will come true.  Dr. Sally Ride was one of those unique people with the audacity to turn dreams into reality.  Every achievement she made led naturally to the next challenge.  Sally was a [...]
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    Brazil Meets the Valley -- eBay Hosts the Brazilian Delegation

    As we recap last week's Silicon Valley visit by the delegation of Brazilian government officials, eBay sent over this look at the session it hosted.  The piece was originally published at eBay's Main Street Public Policy site. With abundant natural resources, robust financial system and massive domestic market of free spending consumers, Brazil shapes as one of world's hottest investments destinations [...]
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