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    January Jobs Report and the Tech Sector's Role
    For the second straight month, there is reason for optimism in the jobs report.  The economy continued to show signs of recovery as 243,000 jobs were added in January, marking two consecutive months of better than expected growth.  Many early reports had also speculated that the unemployment rate would hold steady at 8.5 percent, but that number dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest number since February [...]
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    How Tech Will Change the World
    We were so impressed with today's Wall Street Journal article that it warranted its own response.  The piece, by Mark P. Mills and Julio M. Ottino, articulates three developments that have the ability to initiate a seismic shift on the high-tech landscape moving forward.   Big data and cloud computing are so cutting edge, they make the innovative technologies of ten years ago seem positively archaic. [...]
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    The State of the Union: More United Than Reported
    As President Obama and Gov. Daniels so clearly articulated on Tuesday night, there is much work ahead to get America back on a path of strong economic prosperity. Still-too-high unemployment, the European debt crisis and potential conflict with Iran all present dire challenges. However, in spite of the ignominious and divisive debates that are commonplace during election cycles, it's clear that the [...]
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    On STEM, Immigration and the State of the Union
    We might end up calling last night's State of the Union address the "tech talk".  The President's speech touched on a litany of technology issues, making it sound as if he was pitching TechElect for us.  Instead of rehashing the President's speech point by point, we would like to focus on two issues he raised -STEM and immigration reform.  Both issues often receive broad, bipartisan support and are [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Workforce, Immigration
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    SOPA Explodes, Support Wanes
    On the off-chance that yesterday your TV was broken, your internet was out, your phone couldn’t find a signal, and not a single Facebook friend popped by for a visit, you may not know about Blackout Day and the raging debate surrounding Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). But it is far more likely to assume you saw your Facebook feed light up with encouragements to “End Piracy – Not Liberty.”  You probably [...]
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    Ahead of the Curve - Tech Employment Defies Overall Trends
    Friday’s news that the unemployment rate had dropped to 8.5 percent, the lowest in three years, was a welcome sign of economic recovery. Members of the Obama Administration pounced on the news, keen to highlight this positive data as the President readies himself for a tough re-election battle where the economy will be the major issue.  One of the untold tales of Friday’s figures relates to the impressive [...]
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    Welcome to TechElect!
    Welcome to TechElect!  TechElect is being launched with a simple goal in mind: to seed a national conversation with the Presidential candidates on what it will take for the United States to continue to be the global leader in innovation into the next century. Technology is positively transforming the way we learn, work, play, and participate in our democracy.  Yet, the policies critical to continue [...]
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    Stop Scapegoating Tech
    The Jobs Study: Facts, Analysis, Strategy. That report concluded that, technology "generally destroys lower wage, lower productivity jobs, while it creates jobs that are more productive, high-skill and better paid. Historically, the income-generating effects of new technologies have proved more powerful than the labor-displacing effects: technological progress has been accompanied not only by higher [...]
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    The Supercommittee can increase revenues and add jobs through spectrum auctions
    Few proposals lawmakers have been considering in recent weeks aimed at restoring our fiscal discipline have the immediate ability to generate revenue for the Treasury, stimulate direct domestic investment, spur innovation, and create jobs than spectrum auctions. At the moment, spectrum is in short supply.  Currently in use for “over the air” television delivery, which is consumed by fewer than 10 percent [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Broadband, Communications, & Spectrum
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    Encouraging Venture Capitalism Key to Economic Growth
    America's innovation ecosystem typically knows no kryptonite. With rare exception, even in times of economic peril, investment and innovation continue unabated, helping to power the nation forward. However, there are troubling signs of weakness that could signal real challenges to the nation's future fiscal stability. Consider the following: Lost in the public reporting on record venture investing [...]
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