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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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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    Cybersecurity = Personal Security
    Cybersecurity is taking center stage on Capitol Hill.  There are several bills expected to move through committee in the House this week, and there will continue to be a lot of attention paid to the idea of an enhanced cybersecurity threat information sharing system.  ITI is firmly behind a strengthened information sharing defense that protects people’s security while it also safeguards privacy.   [...]
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    U.S. tax code a punch card in Pentium-chip world
    The following op-ed appeared today in the McClatchy Tribune.   The recent trend of positive job numbers - while good - do not alter the fact that the U.S. tax code is an albatross weighing down our nation’s economy. The code is a case example of outdated punch-card policies having a punitive impact in a Pentium-chip world. To achieve our economic potential and ensure that our children are more prosperous [...]
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    Manufacturing Jobs Trending Up
    As jobs numbers have gone up, so has the realization that the high-tech industry is playing a major role in our economic recovery. The federal government reported today that March private-sector employment grew by 121,000 jobs - that's 25 straight months of private-sector growth with a total of 4.1 million jobs created.  We also saw a drop in the overall unemployment rate, down to 8.2 percent.  This [...]
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    Cybersecurity and Our Economic Future
    In recent months, cybersecurity has become a much higher priority for the nation's lawmakers.  The Obama Administration and members of both parties in Congress have released proposals aimed at improving cybersecurity in the U.S., and the issue is bound to rear its head as we move towards the presidential election.  Both President Obama and leading GOP nominee Mitt Romney understand the enormity of [...]
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    Reforming our Tax Code and Revitalizing the Economy
    In this age of economic uncertainty, policymakers and pundits alike are searching for a silver bullet to cure our country's economic ills. Yet for all the op-eds and policy papers, a quick conversation with a CEO or CFO of any American company would tell you that there is one thing that business leaders think should be part of any economic strategy:  tax reform. As we proceed further into election [...]
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    Comparing Competing Tax Plans
    In an election year when the economy and job creation are center stage, it is inevitable that tax reform becomes an important issue of debate for all the candidates.  Most recently, President Obama released a tax reform framework.  Republican candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have put forward their own economic plans that include tax reforms.  Key members of Congress also have sought to push [...]
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