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    Veepstakes: A Look at Bob McDonnell

    Continuing our focus on possible running mates for Governor Romney, we look at Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia and analyze where he stands on tech issues. Bob McDonnell was elected as Virginia’s governor in November 2009, after serving seven terms in Virginia’s House of Delegates, and four years as the state’s Attorney General. Governor McDonnell recognized that incentivizing innovation is crucial, [...]
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    New Tax Analysis Totally Off

    Critics of a competitive market-based or territorial tax system are latching onto a study out today by NerdWallet -- a personal finance website that features recommendations on things like credit card rates and gas prices -- as the latest “evidence” that corporate tax reform really isn’t necessary. The study claims that ten of America’s top economic champions -- including Apple, IBM, and Microsoft [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy
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    Veepstakes: A Look at Bobby Jindal

    In this segment of Veepstakes, we take a look at the Governor from Louisiana, Bobby Jindal.  Governor Jindal is seen by many political experts as a future presidential nominee for the Republican Party, and is widely believed to be on Mitt Romney’s shortlist for running mate.  Despite being only 41 years old, he has worked in the George W. Bush Administration as an advisor to the Secretary of Health [...]
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    Veepstakes: A Look at Marco Rubio

    Next up in our series looking at the potential Republican Party vice presidential candidates is the freshman U.S. Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio.  Even before he arrived in Washington in 2010, Senator Rubio was already seen by many as a rising star in his party and national politics.  Let’s look at where he stands on issues of importance to the tech community. Senator Rubio has been an outspoken [...]
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    AMD hosts Brazilian Delegation at its Silicon Valley headquarters

    AMD, a semiconductor design company with growing operations in Brazil, recently hosted ICT Brazilian ministers and officials at its Silicon Valley headquarters to discuss emerging computing market trends. Attendees discussed the importance of open standards and regulatory policies to drive innovation, and today’s data center, cloud, embedded, client and ultra-low power technology solutions. Initiated [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Trade & Market Access
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    A Vote for Internet Freedom

    The House of Representatives sent a strong signal to the rest of the world today that we must preserve a free and open Internet.  In December, the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) will meet to update the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union (ITU) treaty-level telecomm regulations.  As we’ve discussed here before, preliminary proposals by some other governments [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Internet Governance
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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 [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Tax Policy
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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 [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Internet Governance
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